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H.R. 4305: Vets and Dogs

Photo from Lackland Military Dogs
Photo from Lackland Military Dogs

If you follow this blog fairly regularly, you know I have a soft spot for dogs and veterans. The US House of Representatives has now passed a resolution (#4305) that includes both. Here’s the bill summary from the congressional website:

Puppies Assisting Wounded Service Members for Veterans Therapy Act or the PAWS for Veterans Therapy Act

This bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to implement a pilot program to assess the effectiveness of addressing post-deployment mental health and post-traumatic stress disorder through a method where veterans train service dogs for veterans with disabilities.

Read the full text, if you’d like, then call your Senators and ask them to make sure the bill comes up for a vote in the Senate.

Let’s get this bill passed, as it helps both the dogs and the vets.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Let’s Hear It For K-9 Lalo!

You gotta love a story with a happy ending. WBTW, Channel 13 in Myrtle Beach, recently brought us the story of Lalo, a Bloodhound who was instrumental in reuniting a family when the K-9 found a 9-year old who had wandered off to a friend’s house without telling anyone.

Lalo’s partner, Deputy Timothy Davidson, says the dog gets quite the workout as they have similar situations crop up almost weekly.

Great job Lalo and Deputy Davidson! Thank you both for your service.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Border Patrol K-9 Killed

Jackie.  Photo courtesy US Customs and Border Protection
Jackie.
Photo courtesy US Customs and Border Protection
A U.S. Border Patrol K-9 agent was involved in a single vehicle accident along Highway 395 early Sunday morning when her handler hit black ice, causing the service vehicle to lose traction. The vehicle then went over a steep embankment and rolled multiple times. Rescuers were able to extract the agent from the vehicle using the Jaws of Life.

The agent was transported to the hospital with multiple injuries. The agent’s K-9 partner, Jackie, however succumbed to the injuries from the accident and died at the scene. K-9 Jackie had been serving since April of 2015.

“Thank you to all the rescuers and medical staff involved and please remember K-9 Jackie and the agent in your thoughts and prayers,” stated Acting Chief Patrol Agent David BeMiller. “We understand the risks that we take as well as our K-9 partners; it is never easy when we lose a partner.”

Our deepest condolences go out to Jackie, her handler, and her family at the Border Patrol.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Prayers for Delta K-9

Photo from K9s for Cops Facebook page
Photo from K9s for Cops Facebook page
When you hit your knees tonight, please offer up a prayer for the Delta Force K-9 injured today in the raid on Al Baghdadi. The dog was chasing the terrorist and his children into a tunnel when Baghdadi detonated his suicide vest. I don’t know how close the dog was to the blast, but he apparently sustained some injuries.

We offer best wishes to our wounded hero.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

AKC Announces 20th annual Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE)

SummerThe AKC® Humane Fund is proud to announce the winners of the 20th annual AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE). These awards celebrate five loyal, hard-working dogs that have significantly improved the lives of their owners and communities.

One award is presented in each of the following five categories: Uniformed Service K-9, Therapy, Service, Search and Rescue and Exemplary Companion dog. This year’s winners range from a family pet who teaches fire safety to children throughout the country to a Doberman Pinscher who dedicates his life to search & rescue work despite his own physical disability. Continue reading AKC Announces 20th annual Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE)