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Meet ‘Zipper,’ our ‘Serving Those Who Serve’ service dog in training

DENVER -- FOX31 Problem Solvers: Serving Those Who Serve is teaming up with Freedom Service Dogs of America to show you what it takes to raise a puppy to eventually be a service dog -- the kind that is invaluable to veterans in need.

We'll be following his journey for the next two years.

Link: Donate to Zipper's scholarship fund

Say hello to Zipper (and follow him on Twitter: @ZipperTweets)...

Pleased to meet you! I’m a 12-week-old Chocolate Labrador. I was born with along with my brothers and sisters on November 27, 2016 in West Richland, Washington.

I just moved to Colorado and live with my foster mom, dad and two brothers who are golden retrievers, Kosmo and Pluto.

My biggest dream is to be a big, strong Freedom Service Dog graduate one day, so I can help a veteran who needs me.

Even though I just got here, I’m already learning so much! My favorite trick so far is “sit”, but I think the best part is the treat I get after I do it!

I give the best kisses – and lots of them! I love to eat anything and everything, but my mom says that’s because I’m a growing boy.

Chasing my tail and after leaves are some of my favorite things to do.

I also really like to play with other dogs and humans. Sometimes meeting new people is a little scary but it doesn’t take me very long to feel comfortable with them.

I can’t wait to grow up into a Freedom Service Dog and be a “battle buddy” for a veteran.