Scruffy deaf dog steals heart of retired Air Force veteran

Romeo (Vernon)

It takes a special person to love a special needs pet, as one Air Force veteran learned when he fell in love with a older, deaf and nearly toothless shelter dog. Two loves Vernon’s father was a retired Sergeant First Class in the United States Army. He used to say that there were only two absolute loves in the world: the love a parent has for their child and the unconditional love a dog has for his guardian. Vernon is experiencing the joy of being a parent to the fullest, having relocated to the Virginia Beach area with his daughters following his retirement from the Air Force. “We … [Read more...]

Shelter dog a blessing to Army family and their autistic son

Joe and Rocky

A shelter dog proved an unlikely hero to an Army family and their autistic son, giving both boy and dog a second chance and bringing many blessings to everyone in the household. Globe-trotting military family loses one of their own Joe is assigned to the U.S. Special Operations Command out of MacDill Air Force Base. Since 1989, he has served in the United States Army and traveled the world with his wife, Stephanie, their two sons, Chance and Cole, and the family's Siberian Husky, Abby. The dog was part of every Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move, traveling to … [Read more...]

Saving Jazzy

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Recently we launched a veterinary fund to help defray the costs of extraordinary medical care for pets adopted by veterans in our program. It came in response to various requests we had over the years for just this type of support, as well as our success in raising funds for pets who would suffer or die without costly medical intervention. At this time we'd like to introduce you to a very special pet with a time-sensitive need: Jazzy. Like many pets following a natural disaster, Jazzy was a hurricane refugee. Homeless, afraid and diagnosed with cancer, she was fostered by Dave, US … [Read more...]

Dog of fallen soldier in desperate need of a home

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On this Veterans' Day 2015 we received word that a young hero died after serving our country and now his dog is in desperate need of a home. Rambo's soldier dad adopted him as a pup after returning from deployment. We hear that getting a dog was the first thing on his mind when he came home, and at Pets for Patriots we know the healing power of companion pets for our veterans and military service members. Tragically, three years later Rambo's soldier was killed after returning from combat deployment. Grief stricken, this hero's parents took Rambo in. Not only would their son have … [Read more...]

And dog makes three: twice surrendered dog completes Air Force family

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Donner was a big, energetic Labrador Retriever mix in a Florida shelter. Surrendered twice within his first year of life, he repaid the disabled Air Force veteran who adopted him by completing his young family and helping him regain his health.  Love is in the air John fell in love while stationed in the United Kingdom as a member of the United States Air Force, during which time he served in both Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. When he eventually returned to the United States he was accompanied by not only a wife, but a new baby as well. Injuring his leg “ranks high up on the … [Read more...]

Train derailment leads to adoption of one very unwanted dog

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Buck was a homeless dog who nobody seemed to want, repeatedly adopted and then surrendered to a Tennessee shelter over the course of his relatively short life. As unlikely as it sounds, a train derailment set off a chain of events that led to his final adoption despite his foster family having no intention to keep him. Early in July, 2015, a train carrying toxic cargo derailed in Eastern Tennessee, forcing the evacuation of more than 5,000 people in the surrounding area. Blount County Animal Center was in the impact zone, and asked its volunteers to foster the dogs in their care until it was … [Read more...]

Special needs pup a lifeline to Navy veteran dogged by depression

Mark and Shadow

Hard knock life for stray pup Shadow is a pup who earns the moniker "special" not only due to her physical challenges, but for how she is able to uplift the Navy veteran who adopted her from the grips of his depression. The Lab mix was not even a year old when she arrived at the Jacksonville Humane Society with serious signs of a hardscrabble life. Shadow had been transferred from another shelter where her tail had to be amputated due to a pre-existing degloving injury. Follow up radiographs revealed that her right hind leg was broken in not one, but two places, requiring additional medical … [Read more...]

Third generation soldier first time adopter and hero to senior dog

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You could say the Army is in Andrew's DNA. The third generation soldier is a career National Guardsman, and recently became a first time pet adopter to a senior dog who needed a hero. Born to serve Andrew joined the Army National Guard during high school and completed basic training shortly after graduation. In 2012 he was deployed to Afghanistan and, since his return home in 2013, has been serving as an operations planner for the recruiting section. The career soldier followed his father and grandfather into military service.  “Twelve years now I’ve been Guard,” he explains. "I am third … [Read more...]

Combat veteran adapts to civilian life with second-chance Pit Bull pup

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It was a tough decision for an Army combat veteran to bring a Pit Bull into his young family, but his decision to give the much-maligned breed a second chance paid off for all involved.  Army strong, Army proud One year after the 9/11 terror attacks Montrell joined the United States Army. It was September 2002 when he enlisted and was subsequently stationed at Fort Stewart, Georgia with the 3rd Infantry Division. Formed in 1917, the unit has become one of our nation's top military units for dealing with contingencies around the world. Early in 2003 Montrell arrived at Fort Stewart March … [Read more...]

Chance meeting inspires Navy veteran to save homeless dog

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The last thing Elizabeth had on her mind was adding a homeless dog to her household, but a chance meeting between the Navy veteran and a Chihuahua mix with "the saddest eyes" changed everything.  Serving in the wake of 9/11 Elizabeth served for four years in the Navy as a Cryptology Technical Operator (CTO), during which time she was stationed at the Diego Garcia military base in the British Indian Ocean, and with the Naval Security Group Activity (NSGA) Kunia in Hawaii. The NSGA Kunia was de-established shortly after Elizabeth separated from service, and integrated into what would become … [Read more...]