Service Dogs for Veterans is a topic close to many hearts, and when the VA shut down the program to provide dogs to Veterans with PTSD , that burden shifted to veterans and their families. At around $25,000 per dog, the expense can be out of reach. Not-for-profits and concerned citizens are working to take that burden, as much of it as possible, off their shoulders but the need is daunting. An Atlantic article from 2012 noted that of those soldiers deployed since 2001 to Afghanistan or Iran 520,000 returning veterans have or may develop PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). Dealing with those numbers is going to take massive participation and partnerships by private, public and, yes, government institutions. [click to continue…]
The Halloween photo contest has come to a close. Most of the goodies freely given have likely been consumed and chasing the dogs away from the candy bowl has thankfully become unnecessary.
In case you didn’t make it over to my Facebook page where entries appeared, we’re sharing them with you here:
Beth Bodenstein’s Gizmo who also does a floating head trick for the occasion…
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Halloween with its scary carved pumpkins looming in the night, ghoulish costumes illustrating mayhem of all sorts and the yells and barks of children and their dogs, sprinting from house to house for more fuel to fan the flames of wild delight over their bounty of free candy — a great time for a halloween photo contest! Many dogs, happy to be part of the hunt, don’t mind getting into the spirit of the day kitted out as goblins, ghosts, gremlins or the big bad woof.
You might be dressing your dog and maybe yourself, to greet pint-sized pirates at the door [click to continue…]