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  • 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...

  • Shelter dog helps Navy sailor expand her world

    from Pets for Patriots

    Tuesday June 17th, 2014 at 05:55 AM


    A Navy sailor found her world feeling limited and lonely, but that all changed when an adopted shelter dog opened her eyes to the life she was missing.

    A lonely military life

    Jessica is currently serving in her second enlistment, and for the next three years is stationed at a shore-based training center in San Diego. She previously served on board theUSS BoxerandMSRON 5, both of which took her far from familiar shores.

    So far my most memorable experience has been pulling into port after...

  • Retired Army veteran finds love and acceptance in adopted dog

    from Pets for Patriots

    Tuesday June 10th, 2014 at 06:31 AM


    Duane is anArmyveteran who, like many of his era, received little appreciation for his service. Following the death of a beloved pet, he adopted a little dog who gave him what he needed most: love and acceptance.

    A proud military career

    After serving in the Army from 1971-2006, Duane retired as a Sergeant Major. From his more than 20-year career he has his share of memories some good, some bad including a fond recollection of theKoreanswho lived near where he was stationed. Having served...

  • Summer pet care tips for dogs and cats

    from Pets for Patriots

    Tuesday June 3rd, 2014 at 06:24 AM


    Whether its already summer or just feels like it, here are important pet care tips to keep your dogs and cats safe and healthy.

    Heat Heatstroke:Overheating is the primary concern for dogs and cats during the summer, and heatstroke or hyperthermia can occur when a pets temperature reaches 104F or higher. Heatstroke can be fatal, and dogs are particularly susceptible, but is preventable if caught and treated in time. Know thelist of heatstroke symptoms and basic care optionsbefore your pet...
  • Abandoned dog teaches Navy veteran life lessons

    from Pets for Patriots

    Tuesday May 27th, 2014 at 07:23 AM


    Laila was a down on her luck dog in a New Jersey shelter, but she still had important lessons to share with the Navy veteran who gave her a second chance at life.

    Navy an opportunity for self improvement

    Clarke served in the Navy from 1994-1997, during which time he was often at sea. Like many recruits, he saw military service as a way to improve himself.

    I chose to enter the military to make a positive difference in my life, Clarke recalls.

    The Navy veteran was stationed on theUSS Nimitzand...

  • Help us win $20,000 in the Veterans Charity Challenge

    from Pets for Patriots

    Thursday May 22nd, 2014 at 08:59 AM


    Were super excited to let you know that were part of Veterans Charity Challenge 2, a fundraising campaign launched by craigconnects, founded by Craig Newmark of craigslist.

    To give back, craigconnects will be donating over $50,000 to organizations like ours focused on causes that honor Americas heroes. The charity that raises the most throughout the Challenge will get a $20,000 donation from craigconnects. Second place gets $10,000, third gets $5,000.

    Were trying to raise as much money as...

  • Shelter dog gives hope to Navy veteran battling chronic depression

    from Pets for Patriots

    Tuesday May 20th, 2014 at 06:42 AM


    Michael is a Navy veteran who for years has battled chronic depression. His decision to adopt a shelter dog to save his own life in fact saved two his and that of a large mixed breed dog and was more than two years in the making. Thanks to our partnership with Lollypop Farm Humane Society of Greater Rochester for helping make this story possible, as told in Michaels own words.

    Navy gives veteran a sense of purpose and value

    I was a Nuke ELT in the Navy.

    After my training I spent the rest of...

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