Harold "Nudge" Koal

The Poster Dog for Paws Assisting Wounded WarriorS


Harold was named after June Davies' husband, a WW2 veteran. At 9 months of age he was paired with his first veteran, Chris Stanton a Marine Corps veteran that served in OIF. Chris and Koal, as he called him, became the best of friends. During an intense psychology session, Chris became disassociated and began having a flashback. Koal recognized that Chris was in distress and came to his aid. Koal nudged Chris to bring him back to reality. That is when he was given the nickname "Nudge".

Unfortunately, shortly after after this event Harold began having problems walking and was in need of elbow surgery. Although that surgery was a success, he was unable to continue his mission as a service dog. With Chris's understanding Harold was retired but he is still very much part of PAWWS. He is at every event and makes himself available to any veteran that needs a little nudge.