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  • Adopted dog helps Marine Corps veteran adjust to post-military life

    from Pets for Patriots

    Monday April 13th, 2015 at 12:08 PM

    While many people choose to adopt a dog or cat to make that animals life better, one Marine transitioning out of the military learnedthat it is equally true in reverse. He found a stellar Shepherd mix who makes every day better for him as he copes with the realities ofhis post-military life.

    For love of country

    In 2009, Ryan joined the Marines. The next five years of his life as an infantryman brought him far from his Wisconsin roots, as he relocated from coast to coast during his time in...

  • Once-stray dog helps Air Force veteran cope with loss of “perfect dance partner”

    from Pets for Patriots

    Monday March 30th, 2015 at 12:00 PM


    It is not often that you get to choose your own family, but thats exactly how it happened for an Air Force veteran and a once-stray dog who are helping each othermove beyond their sad pasts.

    AlthoughDanielhas many friends in Michigan, hehas no family apart from the four-legged kind he has chosen to rescue over the years. Having recently suffered the death of his beloved Sheltie dog, Peanut, the Air Force veteranwas ravaged with grief.

    Peanut was my perfect dance partner and the prettiest thing...

  • Bronze Star veteran shines with four-legged battle buddy by his side

    from Pets for Patriots

    Monday March 23rd, 2015 at 02:03 PM


    After three combat tours in Iraq, a Bronze Star Army veteran becomes a hero of a different stripe: to an adult dog who would become his new battle buddy as he transitioned to civilian life.

    Inspired to service by Vietnam War POW

    During nearly a decade of service, Chris traveled the world.Originally from Oklahoma, the young Army veteran started his military career at Fort Carson, Colorado with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 4th Infantry Division (ID). Over the years he would deploy to the...

  • Healing at both ends of the leash for disabled veteran and special needs dog

    from Pets for Patriots

    Monday March 16th, 2015 at 08:48 AM

    Dewey is a disabled Vietnam veteran who came to the realization that heneeded a therapy dog to help fight depression. At the same time he had a strong desire to help a dog in need, so he returned to the Michigan Humane Society where he and his wife had previously adopted companion pets.

    I knew at the Michigan Humane Society there was a dog that needed the therapy of a home and love, Dewey says.

    As it turns out that dog was Lizbeth: a 30-pound, nearly purebredBeaglewith loving brown eyes.


  • Dog left to die in drain pipe adopted by Navy veteran who knows pain of abandonment

    from Pets for Patriots

    Tuesday March 10th, 2015 at 09:29 AM


    Willow was a terrified terrier dog who was found living in a drain pipe with her three puppies, one of whom froze to death. She was ultimately rescued and adopted by a Navy veteran who still grapples with the pain of his own abandonment many decades ago.

    Feeling their pain

    After more than 20 years of service in the Navy and a long career in civilian law enforcement, James is enjoying a well-deserved retirement in the North Carolina mountains.The Vietnam veteran holds an Extra Class License...

  • Pets for Patriots and Dogs On Deployment team up to win Hero Dog Awards

    from Pets for Patriots

    Sunday March 8th, 2015 at 10:05 PM


    Pets for Patriots and our friends at Dogs On Deployment (DOD) are proud to have been selected as charity partners inThe American Humane Associations Annual Hero Dog Awards,whichhonors the often ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things in eight distinct categories.

    Bram, a 2013 DOD Military Pet Of The Year (MPOTY), has been nominated in the Emerging Hero category and has chosenPets for Patriotsas his charity partner. Because we are one of only two charity organizations in this category we have...

  • Iraq veteran adopts ‘Lucky’ canine companion to heal her war wounds

    from Pets for Patriots

    Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 at 06:26 AM


    Star came from a military family and felt calledto serve. But when theIraq war veteranfound herself gripped with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other trauma,it was an adopted companion dog aptly named Lucky who helpedher cope with the wounds of war.

    I never got back to being myself

    Star grew up as a military brat.

    My entire family is military. Its all Ive known my entire life, she explains.

    Enlisting in the Army rightafter high school and ROTC seem like the right choice. Yet Star...

  • Air Force veteran saves neglected old dog to give her the life she deserves

    from Pets for Patriots

    Tuesday February 24th, 2015 at 10:43 AM


    Its a story with a sad refrain: a neglected old dog (or old cat) sits alone in a shelter, hoping for a second chance at life. For one such dog in a rural Tennessee community, that second chance came in the form of a retired Air Force veteran and longtime animal lover.

    In the company of dogs

    Growing up on a farm in a small town in Pennsylvania, Zelva who likes to be calledZee always had a strong connection with animals.

    They have been a comfort to me most of my life, she says.

    Long after her...

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