The six puppies have been called Holly’s Half Dozen, named after their mother. The litter includes five girls and one boy. They were born on June 24 and are helping to heal the psychological wounds of combat veterans.
While they will eventually become service dogs for veterans with physical disabilities, recovering US service members at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and the National Intrepid Center of Excellence in Bethesda, MD are helping to socialise the puppies via petting. This helps service members overcome post-traumatic stress disorder.
The webcam was set up by Dog Bless You – an organisation that pairs combat veterans with service dogs – and explore.org. The webcam is part of explore.org
You can watch the puppies live on webcam here. The webcam will be online for around nine weeks.