K-9 Veterans Day on Saturday March 10 in Houston
The Boneyard and All Natural Pet Delivery will host a fundraiser in honor on the inaugural K-9 Veterans Day on Saturday March 10, 2012 from 6pm to 9pm. The goal is to raise money for the US Military K-9 Fund, established to support our military working dogs deployed with our troops to the Middle East and other overseas locations.
The actual date for the first K-9 Veterans Day will be March 13th. It has been set up in remembrance of all the working dogs who have risked their lives at the sides of soldiers beginning in World War II, right up through the present day. In fact, there are now more K-9 soldiers than ever before.
MWD Fama H176 is one of the newest K-9 veterans. She is a newly retired military working
dog. She will be on hand at The Boneyard on March 10th to celebrate her new holiday.
The US Military K-9 Fund is sponsored by the Texas Chapter of the United States War Dogs
Association Inc in Burlington, NJ. The Texas group is a stand-alone chapter. They get no funding
from the national association headquartered in NJ, and have no legal ties with them. The work
they do for the military working dogs is their own project.
A spokesperson said, “Our goal is to provide every dog deployed with our military extra
equipment and supplies to allow them to do their jobs better.”
The Texas Chapter sends care packages to military working dogs where they serve. The packages
include boots, cooling vests and mats, all of which aid them in staying cool in the hot climates
where a great number of them are deployed. Also included are Doggles™ which are special
goggles for dogs. These goggles provide them protection from the sun and sand.
Cooling equipment is extremely helpful to dogs in hot, dry areas. The dogs need help in
regulating their body temperature. They can experience heat exhaustion faster than a human.
Besides the danger to their health and lives, heat can inhibit their sense of smell, prohibiting
them from sniffing out caches of buried or hidden weapons and ammunition.
Military dogs need these supplies because they are woefully underequipped when they are sent
into service. The only equipment they get when they graduate from training school at Lackland
AFB in San Antonio is a simple tracking harness. They themselves are considered equipment of
the military. The K-9 Veterans Day recognizes these dogs as 4-legged airmen, marines, soldiers,
and Coast guard soldiers.
K-9 Veterans Day has been a long time coming. Now that it is being recognized, it only seems
fitting to use the day to benefit current military working dogs. The Boneyard and All Natural Pet
Delivery intend to do just that. The US Military K-9 Fund Inc will put the donated funds to good
use helping military working dogs around the world.
About US Military K-9 Fund Inc:
Founder Bobbie Miller, a postal worker at an ACE Hardware Store had been processing APO
boxes going to Iraq and Afghanistan for over 9 years. When she saw a package going to a K-9
Unit in 2010, she decided to ask if it contained anything for the dogs, and the customer replied
that she did not think there was. Bobbie asked to send the dogs some toys and treats, and was
given the go-ahead. From that small beginning, the US Military K-9 Fund Inc grew and has sent
more than 250 boxes to places as far as South Korea, Japan, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Ann Morrison is the Administrator of the Fund. Ann is an Air Force Veteran, retired from a
career helping animal shelter dogs. Along with administration, Ann also spends her time assisting
with fund-raising for the US Military K-9 Fund.
The Fund has been supported by individual contributors, companies that have offered reduced
pricing and donations, and grant money from a local foundation. The US Military K-9 Fund Inc
takes its job very seriously and intends to work hard to help as many military working dogs as
Fund email: email@example.com
Website URL: www.usmilitaryk-9fund.org
Facebook: Facebook.com/US Military K-9 Fund