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.
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.
Despite what your political slant is, it is commendable when anyone donates to worthy veteran organizations. Three of the 22 veteran related groups slated to receive part of the $6 million raised during his counter-debate event at Drake University in Iowa are service animal related.
The first is K9s For Warriors. The group’s mission is dedicated to “providing service canines to warriors suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disability, traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma as a result of military service post 9/11. Our goal is to empower them to return to civilian life with dignity and independence.”
Second is Partners For Patriots. They obtain, train, and provide service dogs to disabled veterans. Of note, the group mentions they seek to obtain dogs from shelters and rescues when possible to help two lives. Serve dogs provide several vital methods of assistance to returning veterans including support through PTSD trauima, physical assistance opening doors and retrieving items; and to alert others in case of emergency.
From their site: “We rescue dogs from shelters and rescue groups whenever possible so we are changing two lives for the better. The dogs go through medical and temperament test to assure they are sound in body and mind. These dogs are put through training in many situations so they can accompany the Veteran anywhere they have to go whether it is to a doctors appointment or just out to eat with the family.”
Finally, Puppy Jake Foundation was named as a recipient. The Foundation Puppy Jake is a 501(c)(3) nonproﬁt organization dedicated to help wounded military veterans with the assistance of well-bred and professionally trained service dogs. Veterans’ injuries may be invisible such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or physical mobility impairments. The Foundation advocates for increased awareness and accessibility for those accompanied by a service dog in everyday situations.
Puppy Jake has 32 dogs in various stages of training and has 10 scheduled to be matched with veterans in 2016.
Watch the video from CNN for more details on the Drake University event.
photo credit: K9sForWarriors.org
This February 27h, the Friends of Animal Care & Control in Arizona will benefit from the 13th annual Hero Awards. This gala celebrates humans and animals alike for heroic action, stories of survival and companionship.
On the organization’s website you can see videos of the people and animals featured during the event.
The mission of Friends (of Animal Care & Control) is to provide free and accessible spay and neuter services in the community, which reduces the amount of stray and abandoned animals out of shelters. Since 2006, the site announces they have prevented 22,000 animals from having their lives lost in area shelters.
Last years event featured a red carpet entrance, cocktail hour, dinner with speeches and awards, and special guest Barry Switzer.
This years event is presented by PetSmart Charities.
You may see this video going around YouTube but it is hilarious to watch and the Behind The Scenes video of this as well. I can’t believe how well behaved so many dogs are with plates of food (and a TURKEY!) in front of them.
The personification is awesome as each dog (and the cat) has their own ‘personality’ and we can kind of relate that to our own experiences of family gatherings, large and small.
The best part of the video is that most of them are rescue dogs from the Humane Society of Utah.
Visit the FreshPet page here: http://freshpet.com/bringing-joy-holiday-feast-rescue-pets/
See their GoFundMe drive to raise money for the following organizations: http://www.gofundme.com/GivingPawsFreshpet
• Secaucus Animal Shelter in Secaucus, NJ
• Bergen County Protect and Rescue in Cliffside Park, NJ
• Prairie Paws in Ottawa, KS
• The Humane Society of Utah in West Murray, UT
• Sanctuary at Haafsville in Fogelsville, PA