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Steyr and Stryker with their veteran handlers Kelvin and Shawn while filming the Top Tier: American Heroes and the Dogs Who Love Them documentary

Top Tier: American Heroes and the Dogs Who Love Them

Browsing Kickstarter today, I found this project and immediately backed it. The filmmakers from Titan Throw Multimedia are teaming up with Top Tier Dog Training and the non-profit foundation Tier Garden Inc. to produce a film called: Top Tier American Heroes and the Dogs Who Love Them.

This movie will follow the dogs and their handlers through their Affiliative Training (PDF) program. Affiliative Dog Training focuses on building the bond between the disabled handler and the Service Dog in Training using positive reinforcement. Along the way, we will learn about the veterans who will benefit from the pairing with the dogs.

The preview, you can watch though the link here, shows veterans going through a wide range of issues including mobility, and those with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

It is a wonderful project which I hope is produced and widely distributed which will help provide support to the thousands of veterans who served our country.

Proposed release date is June 29, 2017 if funding is reached.

Heading Image Credit: Steyr and Stryker with their handlers Kelvin and Shawn from https://www.kickstarter.com

 

rescue dog in the spotlight

National Popcorn Day

What goes with popcorn like butter and a movie? To recognize #NationalPopcornDay, let’s look back a this post from last year: Rescue Dogs Take The Starring Role that spotlights rescue dogs in the movies and on TV.

This year was another dog-filled movie year with films like Max, and the upcoming A Dog’s Purpose. Not live-action, but The Secret Life Of Pets gave us a look at what happens when the people aren’t home.

Grab a bucket of popcorn and your remote, and get settled in for great stories with our canine friends.

orange and yellow rubber duck sitting on rocks celebration national rubber duck day

National Rubber Ducky Day

Today is #NationalRubberDuckyDay and what better way to celebrate than with dogs and duckies!

I wonder when #DressYourDogLikeADuckDay is!

Stop by the National Day Calendar to see what “day” it is tomorrow!
Sincerely, Paula

Is it safe for dogs to drink milk?

In short, the answer is yes. It is not toxic but some dogs may be allergic, and even in dogs without an allergy, milk can cause digestion problems including vomiting and diarrhea when consumed in moderate to large quantities.

Most dogs can drink milk in moderation, however dog owners need to be aware of the symptoms of lactose intolerance if they plan on giving their dog milk. The most common symptoms are:

-AKC

Also, check out this AKC article about “Can Dogs Eat Cheese?

These Himalayan Yak Cheese Chews are made with three ingredients. Yak Milk, Lime Juice, and Salt. They are nice and hard to keep your buddy occupied for hours. They are lactose free and grain free!

Reduce your pets winter static

Dry environments, typically caused by additional home heating in the winter, can cause unpleasant static shocks for your pet. While it might be amusing for sticking balloons to the wall, it can be painful for our furry friends.

Today I found some ways to make the indoors more pleasant (shock free!) for your pets.

The key is to increase the moisture in pet fur or the atmosphere. This can be accomplished in several ways including:

  • Humidifying your house
  • Using a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner at bath time
  • Choose metal or ionic brushes which are less likely to build up static
  • Lightly mist your hands or your pets coat prior to petting
  • Supplement their diet with Omega 3 which helps to improve their coast from within
  • Surround your pet with natural fibres (beds and blankets)

Following these steps can help avoid those frizzy fir days, and unexpected nose zaps.

Check out this article from Mother Nature Network for additional details and links.

Thoughts on America’s VetDogs Soft & Moist Dog Treats

One thing my dogs go crazy for are the America’s VetDogs Soft&Moist Dog Treats by the company Bil-Jac. These treats are irresistible to the dogs. When they hear the bag rustling, they come running.

The size of the treats is approximately a dime with the main ingredient being chicken. No fillers at all in this product, and is a product of the USA.

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While I don’t have any family in service, I like that a portion of the sales go to support our veterans (Thank you for your service!) and to help unite them with service dogs.

More information on what America’s Vet Dogs does can be found at this link to their website.

They connect veterans with Service, Hearing, Guide, PTSD, Seizure Response, and Military Faculty dogs. The website is chock full of stories on how matches they have made benefit lives every day.

Check for these treats at your local grocery store, use the product locator on the website, and check out their social media feeds linked below.

https://www.facebook.com/AmericasVetDogs/

https://twitter.com/americasvetdogs

https://www.linkedin.com/company/america’s-vetdogs

https://www.youtube.com/user/AmericasVetDogs

https://www.instagram.com/americasvetdogs/

2016 UK National Service Dog Awards

In the 20th installment of this British ceremony, 20 nominees were considered for several categories including outstanding contribution of Bravery, Outstanding Achievement and Dedication to Duty made by uniformed working dog sections/teams and individuals from the Armed Forces, Police, Customs, Prison, Fire Service.

The complete list is located at the K9 Working Heroes website.

Two of the nominees are:

Two West Midlands Police officers and their canine partners. The two dogs are being commended for tracking suspects through dangerous conditions, and their prior service as bomb-sniffing dogs in battle.

Also, John Ball & Search Dog Darcy have been nominated. They were profiled in this K9 Working Heroes series.

The awards ceremony was April 16 to honor the recipients.

Mwd accepting awards at national bravery award's

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