About Us

Saving lives. Changing lives. You are not forgotten

At Forgotten Coast K9, our goal is to provide training and Service Dogs to Veterans and First Responders through corporate and private donations.

Our Mission

To honor and empower Veterans and First Responders that are in dire need of a service dog.  We have partnered with the number one dog trainer school in the nation, Top Tier K9, to provide training and education to our clients and their dogs. We begin by selecting puppies from breeders fully vetted by Top Tier K9 (TTK9), we then put each client through TTK9's Pet Trainer class where they learn to train pets and run their own business as a trainer if they choose to do so. After completing this course, they begin their service dog trainer class where they learn to not only train their own service dog, but service dogs for other veterans as well. By the end of their classes, our Veterans and First Responders will not only have a fantastic service dog that they trained themselves, but will also have the ability to start and run their own business. 

We strive to turn out the best handler/k9 teams in a time frame that is not possible through the current government programs.

 

We hand select puppies from reputable breeders and begin their TTK9 Foundation Dog® training at 8 weeks old. The puppies are taught 50 elements that lead into 4 main functions that allow them to be finished as Service Dogs.

 

At Forgotten Coast K9, our coastline may have been forgotten

but our warriors never will be.

Forgotten Coast K9 is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Meet The Team

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Chris O'Brian
CEO & Founder

After service in the USAF from 1988-1992, Chris went into the corporate world where he was in sales covering all major grocery stores chains in the Southeastern US. He transitioned to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office in Florida in 2012 where he rose to the rank of Patrol Sergeant and was the K9 Unit Supervisor for 2 years. Chris decided working dogs was his passion and founded Forgotten Coast K9 as a training company after completing Top Tier K9’s series of dog trainer courses. He is a Master Trainer and Instructor and experienced a series of events which allowed him to see the true impact of a properly trained service dog. Chris then made the decision to convert Forgotten Coast K9 into a 501(c)(3) and answer his calling to help others by raising funds which provide service dogs to veterans and first responders.

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Tyler Moody
Director of IT

Tyler Moody is our Director of IT, and private military contractor who is currently attending college for his Computer Science Degree majoring in Cyber Defense. He is a Marine Corps veteran serving for five years, with one deployment to Afghanistan. As a private military contractor, he has traveled all over the US working multiple disaster zones in direct response to disaster recovery, operating in Puerto Rico, Florida, Louisiana, and other locations. He has worked personal security details for fortune 500 companies, protecting executives and their assets. He has a huge passion for helping animals, veterans, first responders and believes working here fulfills his mission in life.

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David Eastabrooks
Senior Board Member

David Eastabrooks served 21 years in the US Army with over 10 years serving in Special Operations community with 3rd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, which included operations in Somalia with B company in 1993 (Black Hawk Down). After he retired from the Army in 2012, he became a Deputy Sheriff for Madison County Sheriff Department, until he left the department several years later. Now, as a private military contractor, David has deployed overseas working in multiple areas, from Ambassador protection to Deputy Chief of Mission. David not only has a passion for helping Veterans, he too is part of the Forgotten Coast K9 community who received Rex, his service dog, which has ultimately changed his life. 

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Julie Madison
Event Coordinator, Board Member

Julie Madison is a dog trainer, personal trainer, and swim coach based in Sarasota, Fl. She joined our team after certifying as a Foundation Dog Trainer through Top Tier K9. Julie helps Forgotten Coast K9 with event planning and fundraising, as well as guiding veterans and first responders during their two week live training. In her spare time, Julie enjoys solo distance open water swimming and rock climbing. 

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Patrick White
Board Member

Patrick White has served in Education for 29 years, in multiple school districts and spanning two states. He has spent 22 years in the classroom teaching Social Studies and Agriculture Education while holding positions of Lead Teacher, Department Head and  Assistant Principal. Mr. White's experience is mostly in Title 1 schools in rural and urban areas throughout Georgia and Florida. He spent 6 years with the Georgia Department of Education as a curriculum writer specializing in Advance Placement curricula. Mr. White holds certifications in Social Sciences 6-12, Agriculture Education 6-12, Gifted Education, and Educational Leadership K-12. His formal education is Bachelor of Science in Education from Valdosta State University,  Advanced Placement/ Gifted certification from University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA),  and Masters in Education Administration from Lamar University in Beaumont Texas. He volunteers in his free time with Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA), he loves spending time with his wife Kitty, his 5 children (Abi, Clay, Hannah, Kendall, William) and riding his Harley.

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Carolyn Cabot
Board Member

Carolyn Cabot, a licensed veterinary technician and certified master dog trainer, has been breeding and training dogs for the last 17 years. She and her pack of 15 pups currently reside in Lexington, Kentucky. An Army veteran herself, Carolyn knows firsthand the healing power of dogs. She’s excited to join the team at Forgotten Coast K9 where her passion for dogs and for helping veterans are combined.