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About this project

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Robert and Holly

Our Project

TOP TIER: American Heroes and the Dogs Who Love Them will be a 30-minute feature documentary chronicling the journey of a class of young dogs from Top Tier Dog Training as they are trained to become certified Service Dogs for wounded or disabled veterans of the United States military. Throughout the documentary, you will watch as these special pups go through a unique and extensive positive-reinforcement training regimen called Affiliative Training. This specialized training will allow them to provide comprehensive assistance for the veteran they will bond with for life.

You’ll witness their transformation from simple pup to expert Service Dog, and see the combined efforts of the many trainers and volunteer efforts of the non-profit Tier Garden Foundation that make this journey possible. 

We hope to share with our audience our admiration for the incredible ability of these dogs to learn and consistently perform complex tasks – providing mobility support, retrieving specific objects, and easing the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – and how they give independence, confidence, and loyal, life-changing companionship for the heroes who have served our country and sacrificed so much.

Steyr and Stryker with their handlers Kelvin and Shawn
Steyr and Stryker with their handlers Kelvin and Shawn

Who We Are

Titan Throw Multimedia, LLC, is a production company located in Columbia, South Carolina. Hugo Guzman, president and founder of Titan Throw Multimedia, will be the director and editor of the documentary. Hugo brings his filmmaking experience and genuine passion for the project to make TOP TIER the best it can be.

Justin Brown, Titan Throw Multimedia
Justin Brown, Titan Throw Multimedia

The Tier Garden Foundation, Inc, is a non-profit organization in Columbia, South Carolina dedicated to training service animals to become expertly capable lifelong assistants and companions to wounded and disabled veterans. Their Top Tier Dog Training volunteers are dedicated to honoring those veterans who have served by offering to them Service Dogs and training for a wide variety of needs, whether they experienced hardship and disability from their time in service, or after their time of service has ended. There is no charge for the dog, materials and training, as the Foundation strongly believes that no one who would benefit from a Service Dog should be without. 

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How You Can Help

TOP TIER will only be a reality if we reach our funding goal. Your contribution will not only provide you with heartfelt gifts, but the knowledge that you are bringing to life this amazing story about the life-changing positive effects these dogs bring to disabled and wounded veterans, and the selfless, dedicated efforts of the team dedicated to forging these incredible bonds. We want to bring this inspiring story of determination, loyalty, and love to life, and we can only do that with your help! Help us by donating to this Kickstarter and spreading the word to family and friends. Share this link, Tweet out your support, and Like us on Facebook. Only through your help and donations will we meet our funding goal to film and produce TOP TIER.  

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Top Tier Documentary Facebook Page  

Top Tier Documentary Official Site 

Top Tier Dog Training’s Facebook Page  

Titan Throw Multimedia Facebook Page

Titan Throw Multimedia Site

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Risks and challenges

If we do not meet our funding goal, the Top Tier documentary will never get made. Kickstarter is an all or nothing crowdfunding platform: even if we are one dollar short of our goal, we will not receive any of the provided contributions and the film will not be made.

Though we will do our best to stay on schedule, rewards may be delayed due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, either during the production process or shipping fulfillment. We are planning to work with experienced crowdfunding partners for both physical and digital rewards to avoid any potential issues in fulfillment.

Production of the documentary may also be delayed due to unforeseen complications during filming. We will keep all backers updated in the unlikely event this occurs, and will do our best to continue production despite these issues.

Potential production setbacks unique to our documentary project may include but are not limited to the following:

- Inclement weather
- Last minute change in location
- Personal or medical emergencies
- Equipment failure

Titan Throw Multimedia has the experience to navigate these challenges and will strive to adhere as closely as possible to the provided schedule.

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    We’re wagging our tails! You'll receive a T-shirt, a digital copy of the Top Tier Documentary, a limited edition Top Tier military style dog tag, plus a video message of thanks from one of our veteran and dog pairs.

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    Labrador Lieutenant

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    Mutt Major

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    General Golden Retriever

    Everything in the Mutt Major package, plus Producer Credit and an invitation to a private tour of the Top Tier Dog Training, Inc facilities in Columbia, SC! You’ll witness a training session with our pups, meet our trainers, and see how we provide our veterans with loyal companions to dramatically improve their quality of life. Travel expenses and lodging are not included.

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