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  • Shelter dog helps disabled Army veteran learn to trust again

    from Pets for Patriots

    Tuesday August 12th, 2014 at 08:03 AM


    Rico barely tips the scale at eight pounds, but this once homelessshelter dog is worth hisweight in gold for helping a disabled Army veteran regain her trust in others.

    Army strong and proud to serve

    Venice served 10 years in theUnited States Armyas a 92Y Supply Sergeant, during which time she was stationed at various posts stateside including Ft. Lewis, Ft. Hood, Ft. Polk and Ft. Benning in addition to serving overseas in Germany, Bosnia and in Operation Desert Storm. The Army veteran...

  • Navy sailor throws lifeline to ‘scaredy cat’

    from Pets for Patriots

    Tuesday August 5th, 2014 at 08:17 AM


    Autumn is a young Navy sailor with an adventurous spirit who never hesitatedwhen given the opportunity to adopt Fidget a shy, yet loving six year-old scaredy cat.

    Opposites do attract

    Upon returning from Kuwait, her first overseas deployment,Autumn received orders to stationinNorfolk, Virginia. With the understanding that she would be anchored in one place for the foreseeable future came the desire for the type of friendshipthat only a pet could offer.

    I wanted a furry companion, Autumn says....

  • Shelter dog a Naval aviator’s port in the storm

    from Pets for Patriots

    Tuesday July 29th, 2014 at 06:28 AM


    Damian had a long Naval career as an aviator and flight instructor. After years of constant change, he embraced post-military life and shared his newly permanent roots with a friend: a shelter dog named Bella.

    Although mobility is a job requirement of anyone in the military,relocating is still a complex event and can take its toll. The effects of constant moves often called mobility syndrome, relocation stress and relo shock have been analyzed by many experts over the years.

    One thing is not...

  • Vietnam veteran helps people and pets find their way

    from Pets for Patriots

    Tuesday July 22nd, 2014 at 09:00 AM


    John is a Vietnam veteran who wonders if he has a story to tell.

    Im one of the lucky ones who came out of combat unscathed, both physically and mentally, he says. I thank G-d every day for that.

    Nevertheless, John does have a tale. He helps people and pets find their way, first as a radar installation supervisor in Vietnam and then as a teacher, author, career development consultant and pet parent. Companion pets have always found their way into his life.

    Showing the way in wartime

    John feels...

  • For the love of veterans and shelter pets

    from Pets for Patriots

    Tuesday July 15th, 2014 at 06:00 AM


    As the founder of a nationally operating charity dedicated to veterans and last-chance shelter pets, Im not in the habit of talking about myself. Yet Ive been asked Why did you start Pets for Patriots? more times than I can count, soIve decided to share my storyin the hopes that it might helpthose Pets for Patriots was founded to serve.

    Who, me?

    The simple truth is that I never imagined I would someday be running a nonprofit organization, much less starting one from scratch during what will...

  • Elderly Army veteran beats the blues with shelter dog

    from Pets for Patriots

    Tuesday July 8th, 2014 at 07:46 AM


    An Army combat veteran of the Korean War and self-described last man standing fought back loneliness with ashelter dognamed Tiger.

    Gerald has distinct memories of Korea, where he served with the 82nd Anti Aircraft Artillery (82nd AAA) based out of the 38th parallel. A lot of life transpired between his time in the Army and where he is today 81, divorced and largely alone but life changed radically and for the better when he adopted a companion pet.

    He made up for company I have now compared...

  • Dog on heavenly mission a final faithful friend to Vietnam combat veteran

    from Pets for Patriots

    Tuesday July 1st, 2014 at 07:27 AM


    Mark Twainonce said that if heaven was a reward to be earned, you would stay out and your dog would go in. Clearly the iconic author never met Gary, a combat veteran of Vietnam who believed his recently adopted shelter dog was heaven sent. We have no doubt that Garys life and extraordinary service earned him a heavenly perch as well.

    Gary died suddenly on June 22, 2014, just days after being interviewed for this story. At the request of his wife, Mary, and in keeping with Garys wishes, we are...

  • How Lola lost her leg and embraced life

    from Pets for Patriots

    Tuesday June 24th, 2014 at 06:07 AM


    Lola was eight years old when her parents learned she would have to lose a leg to survive. How she embraced life without a leg is inspiring to pet parents everywhere, and hopefully to the many veterans who lose limbs as a result of their military service. It is often said that we have much to learn from the four-legged wonders we call family.

    Thanks to our staffer, Susan, for sharing her familys journey.

    Not so happy New Year: Lola will lose her leg

    Two dear friends are visiting. Were watching...

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