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  • Companion dog brings new life to disabled Army veteran and three-time cancer survivor

    from Pets for Patriots

    Monday December 15th, 2014 at 07:53 AM

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    A disabled Army veteran who fought back cancerand an adopted companiondog are living proof that caring for and loving one anothercan be the best medicine.

    On June 6, 1966, Leonard began his military career with the Army. For the next few years he would be stationed in Germany, where he belonged to a special operations group.Yet that was not the service Leonard originally envisioned for himself.

    I volunteered twice to go to Vietnam, he says.

    Twice the Army declined Leonardsrequests; hewas far too...

  • Army veteran finds renewed purpose with less adoptable shelter dog

    from Pets for Patriots

    Tuesday December 9th, 2014 at 06:03 AM

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    Following a divorce and separation from his military friends, anArmy veteran found renewed purpose and companionship in the company of a shelter dog many would consider less adoptable because of his breed and size.

    Ryan joined the military right out of high school. His first Military Occupation Specialty, or MOS, was as a 13B cannon crew member, which satisfied his desire to have a combat arms job yet not be infantry. He was soonstationed inSchweinfurt, Germany, but his longer term goal was to...

  • PTSD veteran and dog with separation anxiety heal together

    from Pets for Patriots

    Tuesday November 25th, 2014 at 04:13 AM

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    Coping with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) since the Vietnam War and more recently with the death of a beloved pet, an Army veteran finds mutual healing with a shelter dog beset by separation anxiety.

    Army strong for nearly 20 years

    George decided to enlist in the Army when the draft started for the Vietnam War. He was a combat engineer and demolition expert and, after serving three years in Germany, decided to reenlist. Shortly thereafter he began studying computers and completed four...

  • Preparing your home and family for an adopted pet

    from Pets for Patriots

    Tuesday November 18th, 2014 at 06:22 AM

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    Youve done your research, budgeted for a new pet, visited animal shelters, found the perfect pet andnow youre ready to bring your adopted pethome. However, your job as a pet parent is just beginning. You need to prepareyour home and family tohelp minimize your petsstress and make it easier for him to adjust to his new life.

    Like children, pets need structure and consistency,and will thrive in an environment where they know what is or is not permissible. Providing a good home for a companion...

  • Three-strike dog makes home run with retired Navy veteran

    from Pets for Patriots

    Thursday November 13th, 2014 at 06:12 AM

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    Meli was a shelter dog with three strikes against her who scored a definite home run when she was adopted by a retired Navy veteran in Virginia.

    For her entire life Gail always had pets. Growing up in Fayetteville, New York it was at least two dogs at all times, yet it took four years from the death of her last dog in 2010 for the retired Navy veteran to feel ready to welcomeanother dog to her family.

    Deployments and dogs and cats, oh my!

    During her long careerin the Navy, Gail saw the world....

  • Five ways to honor our military veterans

    from Pets for Patriots

    Tuesday November 11th, 2014 at 11:28 AM

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    At Pets for Patriots, every day is Veterans Day, but the holiday offers a wonderful opportunity to share a few ways that you can make a difference in the lives of military veterans every day of the year:

    Visit sick, injured and elderly veterans:many veterans in hospitals, nursing or retirement homes struggle with loneliness and depression, and would welcome someone coming by for a visit. While you can ask the staff beforehand if personal care items or home-baked goods are permitted, the...

  • In like a lamb: tale of “the perfect dog”

    from Pets for Patriots

    Tuesday November 4th, 2014 at 06:31 AM

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    The dictionary defines lamb as one who is gentle and innocent, words that describe the perfect doghonorably adopted by Michael, a career Air Force veteran, as a promise to his young daughter. She wanted to provethat she could be responsible to care for a pet of her own, and even spent her allowance to help pay for the dogsadoption fee.

    Our thanks to Michael for sharingtheir story. Emma, the perfect dog

    I stood there, holding Emma while I signed the paperwork and reflected on her past five...

  • Instincts bond Purple Heart Vietnam veteran and once-abused dog

    from Pets for Patriots

    Tuesday October 28th, 2014 at 06:21 AM

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    Trying to adjust to a civilian lifestyle became a painful challenge for Timothy, a Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient whose only refuge lay with the many dogs and cats that he brought into his life after the war. Even now, he describes those animals as the only friends I had.

    Tragically, this refuge was taken away from Timothy when his wife at the time got rid of his pets against his will.

    Years later, Timothy has found solace and comfort again in Melanie, an intensely caring and loyal...