Red, White & Woof.
With the 15th anniversary of 9/11 next week, I can’t help but be overcome by emotion about the county we live in and how we are still fighting the same fight they started when I was in 7th grade. I want to start this post by saying a huge and sincere THANK YOU to everyone who has fought for our freedom and for everyone that knows a loved one that has fought or is fighting overseas. When I was first thinking of a post do this week for 9/11, I wanted to do a post on all the search and rescue dogs from that horrible day that we will all Never Forget. After extensive research, I learned that all of these sweet souls have passed away. Also while researching, I came across an amazing Non-profit called Dogs On Deployment and fell in love.
It may not cross your mind that, when these soldiers leave for a tour, some are leaving behind pets and not all of them have a family that can watch the dog while they are overseas. That is where Dogs on Deployment steps in. Dogs on Deployment is a national non-profit that provides a central network for military members to find volunteers to board their pets while they are deployed or have other service commitments. No pet should ever be surrendered to a shelter due to a military commitment. They match and set up meetings with military persons and foster families to ensure they are the right fit for them and their pup. They keep the dogs the entire time they are way so they know their dog is safe, fed, loved and kissed everyday while they’re gone. The fosters keep the soldiers updated with Skype and letters so they know how their fur-babies are doing! I MEAN, HOW AMAZING IS THIS!!!!!!!
Dogs on Deployment was founded by husband and wife, Shawn and Alisa Johnson, who serve in the US Navy and US Marine Corps respectively. They started Dogs on Deployment in June of 2011. As a dual-military family, the founders have been in situations where they needed a program like Dogs on Deployment. Alisa had orders to move to Quantico, Virginia where she was to attend six months of military training. At the same time, Shawn, was to be deployed. Neither could care for their beloved dog, JD. They were lucky enough to have family to rely on, but recognized the need for a program which would help others who found themselves in a similar situation. Thus, Dogs on Deployment was born.
Another amazing non-profit that I am obsessed with is The Eric & Jessie Decker Foundation. First off, I love Eric Decker, like if he wasn’t married and had two beautiful children and I had a chance then….well let’s just say I would be one happy puppy baby mama. But the problem is I also am obsessed with his wife Jessie, I love EVERYTHING about her and if anyone that isn’t me had to be Eric… I would want it to be her! Okay, enough with all that! Their foundation is BOMB! If you know anyone who would benefit from this amazing foundation or would like to learn how you can help or even foster please head over to https://www.dogsondeployment.org/ today!!
The Eric & Jessie Decker Foundation, through its fundraising efforts and community outreach, strives to positively impact the lives of United States military service members and veterans as well as animals. EJDF is committed to service to those who have served us via Deckers Dogs, which helps fund the rescue, care and training of service dogs for military veterans returning home with disabilities.
Deckers Dogs you helps veterans in their darkest hours while also freeing a shelter dog, allowing it to have a second lease on life supporting a veteran. Freedom Service Dogs work exclusively with rescued dogs, which have the same success rate as dogs bred for service. For a typical service dog, the journey from shelter to service costs approximately $25,000.
Here are the six pups that Decker Dogs has put through training and have found their furever homes!
Service dogs provide a support system for wounded warriors with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), pain and mobility issues that can lead to suicide.
To brighten your day here are two pictures of Eric with two of these beloved puppies…..
They have funded the care and custom training of six service dogs thanks to your generous support. While two of the dogs are still in training, four are hard at work serving veterans in need. Please head over to http://ejdeckerfoundation.com/ to donate and find out more how you can help!