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  • 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...

  • Army veteran adopts blind three-legged dog crippled by animal cruelty

    from Pets for Patriots

    Wednesday February 18th, 2015 at 10:23 AM


    There are few happy endingsfordogs and cats who are the subjects of human cruelty. Luckily for a then six week-old puppy left to die in the streets of Detroit, his hero came in the person of an Army veteran who learned about his story and felt compelled to save him.

    Our partners at the Michigan Humane Society received a call about a dog who had possibly been hit by a car. Upon examination, it was determined that theyoung Shepherd mix had beenshot with a BB gun.

    The dogs x-rays revealed aBB...

  • How a shelter dog made me a better human

    from Pets for Patriots

    Monday February 9th, 2015 at 11:08 AM


    Joeis a Navy Corpsman who served in Vietnam and became a better person thanks to an adult shelter dog named Marley. This is theirstory, in Joesown words.

    Mission not impossible: be a better human

    About four years ago I began a long and arduous path back to good health.

    Many years of inactivity, overeating, denial, stinkin thinkin and misbehaving created someone I no longer liked. With inspiration from my son Anthony and grandson Joey to live a very long life, I sought help from the Veterans...

  • 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


    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


    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


    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.


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

    from Pets for Patriots

    Monday January 5th, 2015 at 12:56 PM


    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...

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