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  • Sailor, soldier, savior: veteran enjoys life with adopted shelter dog

    from Pets for Patriots

    Tuesday February 3rd, 2015 at 08:00 AM

    Keith enjoys the distinction of having served his country as a sailor and soldier, but these days his latest mission is giving a second leash on life to a shelter dog he calls his buddy.

    At seventeen, Keith enlisted in the Navy Reserves. After completing basic training he was assigned to theUSSRushmoreLSD-14,aWWIIcommissioned Casa Grande-class dock landing ship that operated on steam power.

    I was a bar operator on the ship, he says. In order to make the steam to run on, bars of water had to be...

  • How to keep pets healthy during winter

    from Pets for Patriots

    Tuesday January 27th, 2015 at 12:31 PM

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    Keeping pets active, safe and stimulated throughout the winter months promotes mental and physical health, and offers opportunities to strengthen bonds between person and pet.

    While pet parents might be content to curl up on the couch with a mug of hot cocoa and a movie daydreaming of warmer climes, dogs and cats need other ways to stave off winter boredom and physical complacency.

    Winter pet safety Keepoutdoor time to a minimum: Limit yourpets outdoor time during the winter, especially when...
  • Disabled Air Force veteran and “prison dog” put hard times behind them

    from Pets for Patriots

    Wednesday January 21st, 2015 at 12:08 PM

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    Disabled as a result of an injury during service, an Air Force veteran started his long healing journey alone. But a sweet, shy hound in a prison dog training program changed everything, and the pair works daily to put their sad pasts behind them.

    A proud career cut short

    Jason comes from a heritage of military service. His father served in the Air Force for twenty years and, in June of 2005, Jason enlisted with the expectation that he would serve his country for thenext two decades as well....

  • Trust helps Vietnam veteran deal with PTSD, loneliness and sobriety

    from Pets for Patriots

    Tuesday January 13th, 2015 at 08:29 AM

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    Bob fought many battles in Vietnam, but his greatest challenges lie in the decades following his service as he struggled to cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), loneliness and maintaining his sobriety.

    Happy birthday and welcome to the Army

    In January 1967; it was Bobs birthday and a day that would change his life forever.

    I was drafted on my birthday, he recalls, I had to report to the Boston Armybase on my twentieth birthday.

    By the summer of that same year Bob was in Vietnam.

    My...

  • Rescued dog heals wounds of grief for Iraq war combat veteran

    from Pets for Patriots

    Monday January 5th, 2015 at 12:56 PM

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    It took a love at first sightrescued dog to help anIraq war combat veteran overcome his grief followingthe unexpected loss of a beloved pet.

    Best friends

    Christopherwas deployed twiceto Iraq as an Army Cavalry Scout during his four-year tour of duty. In 2011 and upon completion of his service, hereturned to civilian life and found himself in need of a special companion, which he found in a tiny Chihuahua named Oscar.

    The relationship between Christopher and Oscar, who became the veterans...

  • 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...

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