On Saturday, March 21, 2015 we participated in Dogs' Day in Dade City. It was a great turnout and we we thrilled to be presented a Donation check from from a great Sorority!
There were lots of vendors, great activities for the dogs: costume contest, ice cream/yogurt eating contest, crafts and more! So many dog enthusiasts came out to see and be seen!
We proudly unveiled our traveling MWD Killed in Action memorial. To date, 23 handlers and 30 MWDs have been Killed in Action. I think 2015 is going to be a great year for really getting The Warrior Dog Project bumped up a notch. We're planning some great ideas and events for this year and as they near, I'll be telling you about them.
March 10th - Dade City Village Hall - Reading of the Proclamation declaring K9 Veterans Day in Dade City.
March 13th - Dade City Dog Park (corner of 12th & Meridian) Celebration ceremony honoring K9 Veterans' Day. Come for the ceremony, bring your canine companions and stay for the FREE treats! FREE Warrior Dog bracelets!
My passion for warrior dogs (Military Working Dogs) was ignited by one simple picture... that of a dog jumping out of an airplane with his handler! Well, when I saw that very picture, I was hooked, and I needed to know more.
Here's what I learned about these four-legged warriors:
- they save 3-5 of our troops lives each day.
- that they have an 85% success rate in finding bombs and thus saving troops lives.
- they need special gear such as cooling vests, doggles,
booties, etc., that is NOT supplied by the government.
- sometimes after they retire they are euthanized because
they are deemed "non-adoptable" due to agression or
PTSD? (Doesn't that just break your heart?)
Recently, as my friend and I talked it got me to thinkied myself:
- What price would you put on a soldier's life?
- How much would it be worth to you to actually help protect or save
just one soldier, or one of these incredible dogs who save
countless troops lives?
- Do you believe that just one person CAN make a difference?
I do....and that's why I've created THE WARRIOR DOG PROJECT.
When dogs return or retire they are given tests to determine their adoptability. Sadly, some are deemed "non-adoptable" which means they are not suitable to live with families. If a suitable placement can't be found, they will be euthanized! But, Danny Scheurer, an Iraq War Veteran, has created a phenomenal program to save these "disposable" heroes. At SAVE-A-VET he acquires these non-adoptable dogs and pairs them with a disabled veteran, who receives a place to live in exchange for caring for these four-legged heroes.
Your generous donations will help Danny (SAV-A-VET.org) build their first actual facility. Right now the vets & dogs are housed in rental homes.
With your help, we can accomplish great things! The Warrior Dog Project will be a day of fun activities while bringing awareness and participation in this great cause.
These dogs and their handlers have sacrificed so much for us. I hope you'll come out for a really fun day and learn more about The Warrior Dog Project .... and have a little fun.
Pat Gavros Creator of The Warrior Dog Project