New Puppy Cam Alert! Warrior Canine Connection has a New Litter!

The Warrior Canine Connection is celebrating the arrival of a new litter of puppies that will grow up to be service dogs for veterans. (they are still being born at the time of this post)   This is mom Rhonda.

Facebook.com/WarriorCanineConnection

Facebook.com/WarriorCanineConnection

Be sure to check out Explore.org  for puppy cam footage soon!  And kiss your productivity goodbye!

Rhonda’s Litter – Nursery Cam (Puppies!)  – Click HERE!

Puppies!!

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Golden Retriever Raises $10,000 for Veteran Suffering from PTSD

Sharing this media release on behalf of Ricochet and her owner, Judy Fridono:

SURF DOG RICOCHET RAISES $10,000 TO SAVE A DOG & VETERAN WITH PTSD
FOR A PATRIOTIC BREAKFAST TO HONOR VETERANS THIS SUNDAY

SAN DIEGO, CA, November 8, 2013… Surf dog Ricochet raised $10,000 for K9’s for Warriors and will be presenting the check to them this Sunday at 10:00 am at the Bark Business Tour Breakfast at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort, 4000 Loews Coronado Bay Road, San Diego, California, 92118.

Please join Ricochet and Wendy Diamond, to honor U.S. Veterans who have selflessly defended our nation for a patriotic breakfast and fundraiser.

ricochet

Photo Credit: Judy Fridono

AnimalFair.com’s Bark Business Tour will raise money and awareness for the K9s For Warriors organization-whether it’s a donation of $10 or $100 or more, Wendy and Animal Fair Media vow to keep digging until enough funds are raised to pair 20 returning U.S. Veterans stricken with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) with 20  rescued Service Dogs. The Bark Business Tour will stop in 10 cities, and won’t “roll over” until at least $200,000 is raised. Join us and help us save the life of a vet and a dog.

Diamond contacted Ricochet’s guardian, Judy Fridono asking if Ricochet could fundraise for this cause, and represent San Diego. Since Ricochet has been working with local active duty military with PTSD for several years now, it was a great fit. Ricochet raised the $10,000 within several weeks.

After learning about the alarming suicide rates of veteran’s with PTSD through Craigslist Founder Craig Newmark, Wendy Diamond made the decision to embark on a journey to help veterans suffering with PTSD and pair them with rescue service dogs. Diamond is committed “Veterans have fought selflessly for our freedom – it’s our time to fight for them.” Diamond is determined to bring the statistic of the veteran suicide rate down and is calling everyone, friends and acquaintances to help her with this mission.

ANNOUNCING – SURF DOG RICOCHET WILL MATCH UP TO $10,000.00  IN ORDER TO HAVE ENOUGH MONEY FOR TWO VETERANS WITH PTSD IN SAN DIEGO TO APPLY TO RECEIVE SERVICE DOGS AND ATTEND THE K9s FOR WARRIORS PROGRAM.

Our tour includes support from Glee’s Jane Lynch, NBC’s Chicago Fire’s Taylor Kinney, David Eigenberg, and Joe Minosa, Halo, Purely for Pets, co-owned by Ellen DeGeneres(Ellen donated 2000 pounds of dog food to the K9s For Warriors service dogs), Los Angeles Lakers’ Jeanie Buss and Phil Jackson, Musicians The Go-Gos, SurfDog Ricochet, Fox’s Raising Hope star Garret Dillahunt, Law and Order’s Danny Pino, Supermodel Tyson Beckford, New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton and the most generous of business magnates, Craigslist Founder Craig Newmark, Ingram Industries’ John Ingram and more…To date just over $200,000 has been raised for K9s For Warriors – 40 lives Saved! 20 dogs – 20 Veterans with PTSD!

In San Diego, we will honor Rob, 33, United States Marine Sergeant who served for 8 years. He graduated K9s For Warriors in February 2012, where he was paired with Bravo, a Labrador.

WHERE:  Loews Coronado Bay
WHEN:   Sunday, November 10, 2013, 10 AM
Press Check-In 9:15 AM
Red Carpet Arrivals 9:45 AM
CONTACT:     Samantha Abernathy
Animal Fair Media
sama@animalfair.com

About Animal Fair/Wendy Diamond
Wendy Diamond is a Social Entrepreneur, Humanitarian, Endangered Animal and Rescue Advocate, World’s Premiere Pet Lifestyle expert, Best Selling Author, and TV Personality. Heralded as the “Martha Stewart of the Milk Bone Dish” by The New Yorker, and crowned the “Canine Queen” by Forbes, she is a pioneer in the pet world. Diamond founded Animal Fair Media in 1999 with a specific mission: to save animals from being euthanized in shelters and promote animal welfare and rescue, pet lifestyle and responsible breeding. Wendy knew she could not just sit and rollover –she reined in the leash and got busy. www.animalfair.com

About K9s for Warriors

K9s For Warriors is dedicated to providing service canines to our warriors suffering from post-traumatic stress as a result of conflicts and war after 9/11. Our goal is to help our warriors return to civilian life with dignity and independence.  They fought for our tomorrows, we will fight for theirs. The K9s For Warriors rescue dogs from shelters prior to being euthanized and trains them to be service dogs for veterans with PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury.  K9s For Warriors is 100% proven, transparent and successful!  94% of every dollar donated to K9s For Warriors goes directly to the Veterans & service dogs.  Only 6% is used on fundraising and overhead. http://www.k9sforwarriors.org

 About Surf dog Ricochet

Ricochet was slated to be a service dog for a person with a disability, but, due to her interest in chasing prey, she had to be released from that role.  She went from service dog to SURFice dog, and is now raising funds and awareness for human and animal causes.  She inspires people all over the world with her positive energy, and charitable, paw it forwawrd lifestyle.  She has an inspirational video on YouTube that went viral “From Service Dog to SURFice Dog” and has over 4.2 million views.  For more information, visit: http://www.SurfDogRicochet.com or on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/SurfDogRicochet

Live Cam! Golden Retriever Puppy Enrichment Centre

A playground full of Golden Retriever puppies destined to be service dogs can be seen 24/7 playing in a puppy enrichment center created by The Warrior Canine Connection in Brookville, Maryland.

Photo - Holly's Half Dozen - Warrior Canine Connection (not actual litter)

Photo – Holly’s Half Dozen – Warrior Canine Connection (not actual litter)

Introducing Breeze, Derecho, Fluffy, Twister, Abby, Lucy, Grace, Penny, Levi, Ruby, and Blizzard.  Limited time only…enjoy!

Live streaming video by Ustream

War Veteran and Golden Retriever Service Dog Removed from Flight

Earlier this month, a Vietnam War Veteran and his golden retriever service dog were removed from a U.S Airways flight from Phoenix to El Paso prior to take off as the man refused to make the dog lay on the floor.

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This story has raised a lot of controversy as to whether the man should have been kicked off the flight. US Airways rules clearly state that service animals must ride on the floor under the seat in front of the handler for safety reasons.  The man became agitated, and the staff felt that due to the fact the man suffered from PTSD, the situation could escalate once off the ground.  The airline paid for the man’s hotel and he took a flight the next day.

The unidentified veteran told the other passengers while waiting for police to arrive:

"I'm sorry folks but I've earned the right to have this service animal because of my service to this country in Vietnam. I am 100 percent disabled, I have a service dog because of it and everyone has to obey the ADA laws except this airline! So I'm sorry but I'm not budging!"

The whole scene was caught on video and has gone viral on YouTube.  If you look closely around the 9:15 mark, you can see the happy old golden wagging it’s tail as it is being taken out but what looks to be a police officer.

Here’s a link to a video from myfoxphoenix of the story:

http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/story/23348254/2013/09/05/disabled-war-veteran-kicked-off-us-airways-plane?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=9276486

Full Story – Veteran kicked off plane after service dog dispute – AZFamily.com

Some of the comments on the video and news story are pretty interesting to say the least.  What do you think?

New Golden Retriever Puppy Cam!

Another new live web cam is available for your viewing pleasure on Explore.org.   This litter of 8 from golden retrievers (and therapy dogs) Captiva and Blip was born yesterday and will be completing the ECAD certification program and go on to assist injured war veterans.

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Thanks again to Explore.org for the amazing web cam!

Live streaming video by Ustream

Golden Retriever Service Dog Left in Car for 2 Hours – Dies

Carrboro, NC – I realize that there are many stories in the news of this happening, but apparently it is still not hitting home with some people.

The temperature outside is not relative to the temperature inside a vehicle, and it only takes minutes to reach temps over 100 degrees even when its only 75 outside.

temps

On June 10, Deb Cunningham learned this lesson the hard way.  Deb is a program director at an organization called Eyes, Ears, Nose and Paws.  They are a non-profit organization that trains and places service and diabetic assistance dogs.

On that particular day, Worthy, a 2 year old golden retriever, was suffering separation anxiety so Cunningham took him to the office.  Worthy had completed his training and was scheduled to be placed with his new client the following week.

Because it was only 73 degrees and she parked in the shade (at high noon with the windows up) Cunningham thought the dog would be fine in the car.  Worthy was left in the car to avoid upsetting him as his foster mom was attending the office that afternoon.

2 hours later, when Cunningham returned to the vehicle, Worthy was unconscious and panting.  When she arrived at the vet his temperature was 109.

EENP Executive director Maria Ikenberry says the car was “not hot” when they discovered Worthy and that he was probably anxious and ran circles in the car and overheated.

Sadly, Worthy suffered cardiac arrest and died the next day at Triangle Veterinary Hospital.

The organization is considering disciplinary actions against Cunningham and The Carborro Police are investigating a charge of animal cruelty.

"Worthy" Photo - Herald Sun

“Worthy” Photo – Herald Sun

R.I.P Worthy.  Here’s a video of Worthy from the EENP Website.

Service dog left in car dies from heatstroke – The Herald Sun

A Brand New Service Dog Golden Retriever Puppy Cam!

The East Cost Assistance Dogs (aka Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities) are featuring a live stream puppy cam of golden retriever mom “Gucci” who gave birth to a litter of 8 puppies on May 05, 2013.  Some of the puppies (named the “Gucclettes”) are black, so I am guessing that dad may be a lab.  Can you imagine how cute these puppies are going to be?  These dogs will be trained to assist people with disabilities, including wounded veterans, with things like opening doors, turn lights on and off, retrieving things, and many other tasks.

Gucci and the Guclettes - ECAD - Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities

Gucci and the Guclettes – ECAD – Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities

If you need a puppy fix, check out the live puppy cam on Explore.org.

East Coast Assistance Dogs – Live Puppy Cam – Explore.org

Puppy Cam Features Future Service Dogs For Disabled Veterans – Mashable

K9 Comfort Dogs and their Handlers Surprised on Good Morning America

The K9 Parish Comfort Dogs from Lutheran Church Charities were featured on Good Morning America yesterday in a segment called “You’re Not Dreaming”  They choose someone or a group of people that have really resonated with them and deserve some special recognition.  ABC News and GMA anchor Lara Spencer chose the Comfort Dogs and says she hasn’t been able to stop thinking about them since she first met them in Newtown.

Photo-K9 Parish Comfort Dogs/Facebook

Photo-K9 Parish Comfort Dogs/Facebook

I’m sure you all know who they are by now.  They are a group of golden retrievers and their handlers who visited Joplin after the town was devestated by the tornado, Sandy Hook Elementary, Boston, and many other places some comfort was required.  These handlers are selfless, wonderful people willing to drop everything at a minute’s notice to help others in some of the most grim situations.

Yesterday the dogs and handlers got to walk the red carpet and were rewarded with many treats including a “doggy bag” full of jerkey, shampoo, toys etc from Sergeants Pet Care, a spay day at Canine Ranch Spa, A “Rufflaxation Massasge” courtesy of Hope Vet Clinic and a free grooming from New York Dog Spa and Hotel.

The handlers were rewarded with gift certificates from bliss Spa.

President of Lutheran Church Charities Tim Hetzner was presented with a full size van from Hertz that they have use of for a year.

Comfort Dog Charity Surprised With Transport Van, Grooming – Good Morning America (Video – ABC News)

If you can contribute to The K9 Parish Comfort Dogs, click here.

This segment is definately worth watching!

Charlie Sheen Helps Girl Receive Golden Retriever Service Dog

Say what you will about Charlie Sheen, but he is a generous soul.  He recently wired 15 year old Teagan Marti $10,000 towards the purchase of a golden retriever service dog.

Trainer Jake Guell with "puppy" . (CARRIE ANTLFINGER/AP Photo)

Trainer Jake Guell with “puppy” . (CARRIE ANTLFINGER/AP Photo)

Teagan was injured in 2010 in an amusement park tragedy when the free falling ride went terribly wrong.  She suffered severe injuries and was hospitalized for 3 months. Teagan now walks with the help of a walker.

Charlie Sheen in March 2009

Charlie Sheen in March 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The golden retriever puppy will be trained to turn lights on and off, pick up objects, and be Teagen’s full time companion by trainer Jake Guell in Fond Du Lac, WI.

Teagan will receive the dog on her birthday in September, and Sheen suggested she name it Charlie.

Full story from AP/New York Daily News:

Charlie Sheen pays for injured teen’s therapy dog

Fred

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There have been quite a few unforgettable memories in my lifetime that stand out in my head. You know those kinds of memories where you remember every single detail even though years and years have gone by? That’s what I’m talking about. This one particular occurrence happened about ten years ago, and it has completely changed my life for the better. Here’s the story of Fred.

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