Helping the troops

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  1. Pima

    Pima Parent

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    Yesterday as Bullet and I were waiting to pick up our Myrtle from an operation (yes, that moniker pic is her), I saw this brochure.

    If you love a dog or a troop, please consider supporting this program. You can send money, or you can send items, slip leads, collars, etc. Our vet is right outside of Quantico, and they donate slip leads to them.
    http://www.spcai.org/baghdad-pups.html

    The two youtube posts are worth the 2 minutes total to watch, especially the one on the left.

    P.S. if you are a pet owner, maybe you can ask your vet to think of joining. At our vet, they have a donation jar, if you buy a collar, dog poo bags. donate money to buy a crate, etc., they will ship it to Iraq via the SPCA International. It is a win-win-win-win. They make money off of what you buy, you can claim tax deductions, the soldier has a companion, and the dog has a life.
     
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  2. BillSL

    BillSL USMA Class of 2016

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    Wow, this idea is actually pretty interesting!

    I never actually thought much about the psychological implications of having a dog as a companion in a war zone. I remember reading in Sebastian Junger's "War" that the airborne unit actually had a dog (named "Airborne"), but I didn't think about how much it actually means.

    Good initiative :thumb:
     
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  4. Pima

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    Great link buff81,

    I love the site. Just curious if the computer is creating issues, or if this is the site's policy...for t's you have to buy 13 or more.

    If so, I don't have an issue, I will just have DS2 do it as a volunteer, which of course is a win-win. He will be able to put it on his resume for school, and the dogs get benefited.

    Did I lay that on too thick as an idea for candidates? :confused:

    PS...Buff so do I, I am sure you can all realize how much she means to me if I chose her to be my avatar. 5 days and we will know, either way, I will get there. Get there= military spouse lingo, accepting that this is what is meant to be. I can scream on top of the roof, but it won't change anything. I can accept that she changed our lives and it will mean everything.

    I guess that is the military wife in me...Hope for the best, be prepared for the worst, and thankful for whatever you get, because it still could be worse!
     
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  5. Lynpar

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    Pima, are you also familiar with Dog Bless America? This group gathers Facebook friends to rally for supplying dogs for returning vets who suffer from PSTD. Seems to be a great organization and a win x 4 also. :thumb:
     
  6. Lynpar

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    My seven month old Golden Retriever has quickly became the love of my life.....:redface:
     
  7. Stealth

    Stealth Warrior from the Start

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    Not trying to be a naysayer or to disrupt any good intentions. However, keeping a local animal whether it be a dog, cat, lizard, camel spider is prohibited under General Order 1B. We do have therapy dogs here and I have seen personally the positive impact it makes to a soldiers morale both here and at Walter Reed. I just don't want anyone to get to involved with this program with the idea that it's a common practice that all the soldiers here have dogs as pets.
     

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