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2014 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards {Vote Daily}

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We remember and honor the heroes and victims of 9/11 on the 13th anniversary of that tragic day. And today, we’re taking a break from bringing you pet deals and giveaway news, and invite you to join with us in paying tribute to America’s outstanding hero dogs.

Voting for the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards is open, and you have the chance to help name the top American Hero Dog of 2014. Go HERE to read all about the 8 finalists and vote for your favorite.  They are ALL heroic hounds for sure!

Of particular note among the fearless furry finalists is Bretagne, believed to be the last known living 9/11 Ground Zero search and rescue dog. You can read more about her talents and selfless work by visiting her nominee profile here.

Other finalists include a military dog, a guide dog, a therapy dog and more. Visit to learn more and vote now through September 15 when voting ends. Rules say you can vote daily!


Send FREE eCards for Military Spouse Appreciation Day

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Do you know a neighbor, friend or family member who is a military spouse? Well, today is a GREAT time to say THANKS for all they do, because in their own way, military spouses serve our country too! Woof Woof Papa served in the US Army, so I know first hand how challenging it can be to hold down the fort while your spouse is away on deployment.

Today, May 9th, is Military Spouse Appreciation Day, so head on over to the National Military Family Association website where you can send FREE eCards to every military spouse and family you know. Just one small way we can all support the spouses and families who support our service members!


U.S. Military Working Dog National Monument Unveiled at Special Dedication Ceremony

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We were super excited to learn that the first national monument honoring U.S. Military Working Dog teams was unveiled in a special dedication ceremony earlier this week at Joint Base San Antonio – Lackland, Texas. As America’s newest national monument, the U.S. Military Working Dog Teams National Monument’s main granite pedestal features the U.S. military’s four prominent working dog breeds since WWII (Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, Labrador Retriever and Belgian Malinois).

The nine foot tall bronze dog handler represents all dog handlers of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces that served during World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, the Gulf War and the War on Terror. Another significant design feature is the “Not Forgotten Fountain” – a fully functional bronze dog and handler water fountain that epitomizes the bond between dog and handler. The larger than life, “hero-sized”, bronze handler and dogs, tell the stories of the unbreakable bond between America’s war dogs and their handlers, and the courage to protect and serve.

The U.S. Military Working Dog Teams National Monument was funded through the generosity of corporate sponsors including our blog sponsor Natural Balance Pet Foods, along with Petco, Maddie’s Fund, veterans groups, dog groups, donations made by individuals, and funds raised through charitable events. Natural Balance has also supported the funding of the monument with sales of their Limited Edition Jerky Bark Treats available at Petco. And also recognized “Canines with Courage” during the 2013 Rose Parade with a floral replica of the monument.

The founder and inspiration for the national monument is John C. Burnam, a highly decorated Vietnam Infantry Veteran Scout Dog Handler and author of Dog Tags of Courage and A Soldier’s Best Friend. Visit the website and Facebook page for more info and photos.


Help Honor Military Working Dog and Their Handlers


Military Working Dogs have saved thousands of American lives since WWII, and at the same time provided companionship and support to our active duty service people. For the first time in U.S. Military history, working dogs have been elevated to National Monument status by congressional law (Public Law 110-181, Section 2877).

The bronze statues of the four primary dog breeds (Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, Labrador Retriever, and Belgian Malinois) and dog handler will represent the crucial part dogs played in four major conflict periods: World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The National Monument will be dedicated in October 2013 at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX, where the military working dog teams are trained.

Help Natural Balance and Petco Foundation raise One Million Dollars for the monument:

All proceeds from the sale of 12 oz. Natural Balance Limited Edition Jerky Bark Treats at Petco will be donated to fund this national monument honoring Military Working Dogs!

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Help Natural Balance Raise $1M for National Service Dog Month!

National Service Dog Month with Natural Balance


Thanks to all our readers and pals who helped out in supporting the August efforts of Natural Balance to donate 5,000 pounds of dog food to Angels in Fur!

September is National Service Dog Month and Natural Balance has partnered with the Petco Foundation to raise $1 million dollars to honor Service Dogs across America. There are many types of Service Dogs and this year they are highlighting and honoring Guide Dogs and Military Working Dogs for the inspiring work they do in changing lives.

There are 2 ways you can help in the fundraising efforts for this mont’s dog-related cause:

 1. Donate at any Petco store or click the “Donate Now” button here.

 2. Buy a bag of Limited Edition Natural Balance Jerky Bars Treats, available at Petco!

Proceeds will be donated to help with the building of a national monument honoring Military Working Dogs. This National Monument will be dedicated in 2013 and will reside at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. To learn more, visit Natural Balance here.

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Get a FREE 1 Year Premium Membership for Active Duty Military Families ($140 value)!

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Just a reminder that is offering a FREE premium 1-year membership to all Active Duty Military Families! This offer is a $140 value and available thru May 31, 2012 during Military Appreciation Month only.

Daisy’s Papa is an Army veteran and served in Iraq, so I know first hand how difficult and stressful life can be when a spouse is deployed overseas! This Free Premium Membership offer is so great because you can join now and have access to for an entire year! Whether you are a military spouse who could use a hand around the house, or are an active duty military family getting ready to PCS or preparing for a loved one’s mobilization or return home, this could really come in handy for pet sitting, child care, and more!

By joining as a Premium member you’ll receive full access to the service, including caregiver contact details, background checks, and references. You can also post jobs detailing your specific care needs, and you’ll receive access to caregiver alert emails and weekly member newsletter filled with expert tips and advice. Premium subscriptions also have access to backup benefits like Care-on-Call. Active Military Families Sign Up for a FREE 1-year Membership to!