military dogs Archive

MUTT’S HAPPENING: K9 Holiday Drive!

K9 Drive

‘Tis the season for giving, and we are doing all we can to help those in need. For the entire month of December, we, along with our friends at La Valencia, the Rancho Coastal Humane Society and more are participating in a K9 Holiday Drive benefiting the United States War Dogs Association. Care packages will be created in 5-7 pound bundles that will be shipped overseas to military working pups. Donations can be dropped off that the La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla.

To make everyone’s life easier, we’ve created a special bundle of goodies that you can purchase at our La Jolla store that can be donated to the K9 Holiday Drive. This bundle includes a bag of our locally made Mutt Munchers, a bottle of toothpaste, a toothbrush, shampoo, pet wipes and healing salve. Customers that purchase this bundle will not only receive 10% off on all donated items, but will receive a 20% off coupon for future shopping.

 

In addition to donating, there will be a special Yappy Hour benefitting the United States War Dogs Association on Wednesday, December 9th from 4:30-7PM at Café La Rue, located inside La Valencia Hotel. Stop by for ½ off appetizers, beer, wine and tons of dog treats.

 

To learn more about the Yappy Hour and what they need, visit La Valencia Hotel’s Facebook events page!

In the News: Dogs on Deployment

Dogs on Deployment

When we stumbled across this site we just had to share!

Have you heard of Dogs on Deployment? We hadn't either until recently. Last fall Queen Latifah teamed up with them to share with the world just how powerful this program can impact a soldier and their pet. Watch a reunion unfold, but we forewarned, you may need a tissue.

Dogs on Deployment is an online listing resource and network for military members to search for volunteers who are willing to board their pets while they’re deployed. It’s a fantastic non-profit organization established to give military men and women peace of mind about the well-being of their pets while they are away, bravely serving our country. But it’s not just the servicemen and women that Dogs on Deployment has in mind, it’s their pets too. Pets are provided a safe and loving environment, making their transition and time separated from their owner as seamless as possible.

Dogs and Owners

If you’re a pet parent, you know the angst that can surround spending time away from your four-legged family members, for both you and your pet. Looking for a suitable sitter for a few days or even a week can be a struggle, so you could only imagine what many military individuals face when they’re deployed. We’re so happy that Dogs on Deployment was established to aid in that time of need. They’re promoting responsible pet-ownership and shedding light on the military pet community by providing this online resource. A heart-warming and truly remarkable offering and mission!

If you’re interested in learning more about supporting our troops by boarding a military pet, you can search for pets in need on the Dogs on Deployment website. If you are a military individual who will need to find a safe and loving temporary home for your pet, or you know a fellow serviceman or woman who could benefit from Dogs on Deployment, search for a boarder in your area.

Dogs on Deployment Mascot

Loyal Dog Mourns, Lays at Casket of Fallen Navy Seal

Screen-shot-2011-08-23-at-10.23.29-AM The dog of slain Petty Officer Jon Tumilson refused to leave his side during the Navy SEAL’s funeral earlier this week in Rockford, Iowa. The heartbreaking photo taken by his cousin, Lisa Pembleton, shows Tumilson’s dog Hawkeye lying by the casket.

Navy SEAL U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jon T. Tumilson was among the 30 American troops killed August 6 when Taliban insurgents downed their Chinook helicopter with a rocket-propelled grenade. At his funeral in Iowa, his dog Hawkeye paid his last respects by walking up to the casket, laying down in front of it, and heaving a sigh.

[Canine Comrades: Read about a loyal dog who wouldn't leave his injured friend behind] 

Pembleton wrote on Facebook that Hawkeye was Tumilson’s loyal pet who wouldn't leave his master’s side during the funeral in Rockford, Iowa.

“I felt compelled to take one photo to share with family members that couldn't make it or couldn't see what I could from the aisle,” Pembleton wrote.

[Read about another loyal dog who remains faithful to dead owner & waits by the road everyday for him to come home]

Tumilson's family and/or friends also posted this looping, time lapsed video of Hawkeye at the service…commencing application of kleenex tissues now……

Thanks to our friend Maria Goodavage at Dogster for sharing this with us.

Source: Janet McCulley, Muttropolis Co-founder & AnimalPlanet.com