Navy veteran and ailing wife saved by rescued dog

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A Navy veteran recovering from cancer and his wife, who is in the beginning stages of Alzheimer's disease, are saved by a rescued dog who finds his purpose in life. Little dog with a big heart Chico, a tiny two year-old Chihuahua Crested Chinese mix, was distrustful of men. Possibly abused by a man before he ended up in an animal shelter, everything changed for Chico when he met Emil, a Navy veteran living in Idaho with his wife, Judy.  Chico was meant to help Judy cope with her Alzheimer's, so Emil was very surprised when the rescued dog started crawling into the Navy veteran's lap at … [Read more...]

20 steps you can take when your pet is lost

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Would you know what steps to take if your pet is lost? Most likely you think it won't happen to you. You’re too careful; he’s too well-behaved.   Visit any animal shelter and you will realize quickly that you are wrong.  An open door goes unnoticed, a dog gets frightened by a thunder storm, you’re traveling with your pet and someone you’re staying with lets him out.  There are so many scenarios and as a result, so many lost pets.   It can happen to you so be prepared, and act fast if your pet goes missing.  Be prepared and take immediate action Microchip your pet and keep that … [Read more...]

Texas dog puts best paw forward in Extreme Mutt Makeover

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A Texas dog named Roy hopes his candidacy in the Extreme Mutt Makeover wins him what he longs for most: a forever family.  Roy is a Pets for Patriots eligible dog being cared for by the great folks at the Plano Animal Shelter in Texas, one of our many partners nationwide. Adopted from another shelter as a puppy, Roy was surrendered because his family no longer had time for him.  Taking it to the extreme Roy is now competing in the Extreme Mutt Makeover, where he's spending eight weeks with a trainer to turn him from an energetic young dog to a well-mannered best friend. Like so many … [Read more...]

Air Force veteran saves pet as he grieves loss of another

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An Air Force veteran saves a pet in need to cope with the loss of another: a dog he and his wife loved for 16 years. In so doing, he found renewed life with a second-chance dog named Ace. The ace up Lee’s sleeve In 1982, Lee joined the Air Force as a surgical assistant with the hopes of using his military training for an eventual civilian career. After five years of service during which time he earned the rank of Sergeant, Lee joined the Air Force reserves as an aeromedical specialist. During these years he completed his bachelors degree and received a commission as a Medical Service Corps … [Read more...]

Go Red for safety

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Red is one of our first Pets for Patriots honorable adoptions. Recently he received his adoption anniversary gift cards, and his adopted mom - a disabled Army veteran - put the cards to good use after a harrowing experience on the road. We're sharing their cautionary tale.   Hi Pets for Patriots,   Thank you so much for the wonderful birthday gift for Red.   Red and I had an experience not long ago that gave use real reason to think. We were in my pick-up truck coming back from the veterinarian. Part of the trip comes over an overpass that has a stop light at the bottom. You guessed it: … [Read more...]

Vietnam war long over, Army veteran finds four-legged battle buddy

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At the height of the Vietnam War in early 1968, Richard joined the Army. He joined because, quite simply, “Uncle Sam decided he wanted me.” He loved the opportunity to see different states, like Colorado, and meet different people. He valued the sense of camaraderie as well. “You took care of your buddy and your buddies took care of you.” Richard was scheduled for deployment to Vietnam, but there was an issue with his unit and he no longer had to go. He subsequently got injured and separated from the Army altogether. Without the camaraderie Richard so enjoyed while serving, he turned to the … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]