Rescued adult dog saves Coast Guard veteran from depression

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A rescued dog always seems to know when it's been given another chance, and often returns the favor. This is the case with Charlotte, an adult dog who rescued her savior, a Coast Guard veteran, from the grips of his depression. Al is a Coast Guard veteran who was honorably adopted last June by Charlotte, a four year-old Pug-Beagle mix (“Puggle”), at Pets for Patriots' adoption partner Michigan Humane Society. An avid diver, Al joined the Coast Guard in the late 1970’s. When he decided to enlist, it was the lifesaving aspects of the job that attracted him to the Coast Guard. Among the … [Read more...]

Disaster planning for pets: no pet left behind

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A disaster can be tough on people and often tougher on pets, whether they're natural disasters  or made-made.  With a little advanced planning, you can keep the four-legged members of your family safe and sound. Before the evacuation order is issued 1. Secure pet identification. Make sure that all dogs and cats have a collar with ID tags attached. For a more enduring solution, have your pet microchipped for permanent identification. Verify that your current emergency phone and cell phone numbers are listed on the ID tag or registered with the microchip-monitoring agency. If you adopted your … [Read more...]

The nose knows: how detector dogs work

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It's all in the nose for detector dogs, but how they work and why they're so good at it are essential to the military, transportation and other sectors that must defend against unseen threats. Dogs, like humans, have an areas of the brain that processes all kinds of sensory input - sights, sounds, smells - but their noses are longer and more spacious, making them masters at inhaling odors. They have between 20 and 40 times more odor receptors in their snouts than people, which means that in most cases they can detect an odor at much lower concentrations than humans.  Detection dogs, … [Read more...]

Pets for Patriots 9/11 Challenge

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Pets for Patriots is laying down the gauntlet with our first 9/11 Challenge: for 2,000 people to pledge $11 a month to support our troops and the influx of post-9/11 veterans entering our charitable program. More 9/11 veterans need a four-legged buddy Mario is a three-tour Iraq war veteran. After graduating high school in the wake of September 11th, he joined the Army because, in his own words, "I definitely wanted to do something and be a part of the military." During his third tour, he nearly died and was medically retired. Lost and depressed, Mario turned to Pets for Patriots for help … [Read more...]

Dine to make a difference at Bob Evans

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Save the date! On Monday, September 10 you can dine to make a difference at the Bob Evans restaurant in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. Simply present this flyer at the time of your checkout and Bob Evans will donate 15% of sales to our cause, at no additional cost to you! You have to eat (and drink,) so why not do it for our charity that helps veterans, service members and at-risk pets in the community? We're proud to have our honorable adoption program in this wonderful Cleveland suburb and thank our wonderful adoption and veterinary partners: Geauga Humane Society Rescue Village Bartels … [Read more...]

Captain Jack rules Army roost

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In one Army home, a rescued dog named Captain Jack rules the roost with his calm demeanor and winning personality. His unlikely hero is an Army veteran who was never too excited about having dogs in the first place. Army takes teen recruit around the world At the age of 18, Agustin - who goes by Jimmy - joined the Army to strike out on his own and to care for his young family. But his military service left very little family time; he was deployed immediately after basic training, including to Bosnia and Korea on what he affectionately calls "an all expenses paid trip." Once his tour of duty … [Read more...]