Pet Blogger Hop Special Edition: Operation Red, White and Dog

From Memorial Day (May 30th) to Independence Day (July 4th), Dog Bless You, a community created and led by filmmaker, Trustee of The Annenberg Foundation and founder of explore.org, Charles Annenberg Weingarten, will celebrate patriotism, and stoke community involvement in America by providing up to 100 service dogs to returning soldiers who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Put together in partnership with IAVA (Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America), –along with a variety of veteran and service dog organizations– the Dog Bless USA challenge grant aims to spread awareness about the healing role dogs can play in the lives of those suffering from PTSD while giving people a chance to participate.

It's a match made in heaven for this veteran family. Pictured: Sgt. Acevedo “Ace,” a U.S. Army Veteran who was diagnosed with PTSD after serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. His wife Tina and companion dog Xena stay close beside him. Dog BlessP2V for making this pairing possible.

The initiative will provide people with an easy way to show support, and provide users with a steady stream of American dog-themed content ranging from personal stories gathered from soldiers to video footage of dogs around the country. Organizers aren’t asking for donations, but rather to show support by “liking” the Dog Bless You Page, uploading patriotic photos and videos, commenting and sharing personal dog-related stories. For every 5,000 “likes” the Dog Bless You Facebook community page receives, Explore.org will donate a service dog to a recent war veteran, up to 100 dogs or $500,000.

“Doctors, psychologists, and certainly veterans will all attest to the incredible benefits dogs bring to those suffering from the impact of war,” said Paul Rieckhoff, Executive Director and Founder of IAVA. “And I’m sure during the course of this campaign, we’ll see and hear some amazing stories from our brave service people whose dogs have been a prime source of salvation.”

Dog Bless You is a place where dog owners and advocates share pictures, videos and personal stories while rallying around the role of dogs that are involved in important causes. Go to Facebook.com/exploredogs to participate.

“Dogs are serving this country unlike any other animal- from the battlefields of war, to the front lines of search and rescue to the ranks of police and fire forces across this country to the everyday person in need of a companion,” said Weingarten. “This campaign is to channel the energy of the dog community into the gift of unconditional love and healing that only a canine can provide.  We want to raise awareness about the amazing role dogs can play in the lives of veterans and people who suffer from emotional and psychological damage- while giving everyone a chance to participate through a zero-cost contribution,” said Weingarten. “The ‘like’ button is akin to putting your name on a card to those soldiers,” he continued. “We’re excited to foster a discussion among vets and dog lovers during the campaign.”

This is Sergeant Andy pictured with Cody, a service dog in training at Soldier's Best Friend. Andy served 3 deployments in Iraq and was awarded a Bronze Star for his actions in combat. Cody is a rescue from the AZ Humane Society.

I had a great chat with Charles Annenberg Weingarten this week, and asked him if he had a short term goal in mind. He said if they could reach 235,000 likes by July 4th to celebrate 235 years of American independence it would be great, and if enough of us go the extra mile to spread this around a little, that is an easily attainable figure.

Pictured: Sergeant Fasnacht and his friend Sapper, paired with each other by P2V. Fasnacht says, "I’m now finding myself smiling again…He is truly a blessing.

So let’s do just that. Tell a friend about this remarkable campaign to assist those who have given their all in the name of country. It’s a cause we can all get behind, and all it take is a few mouse clicks to help.

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Saturday Pet Blogger Hop

Happy Saturday, and welcome to another installment of the Saturday Pet Blogger Hop! You’ve found the right place to connect with other pet lovers. Whether you are a seasoned blogger, one who loves reading pet blogs, or if you’re just thinking about starting your own blog – there is definitely something here for you. Acquaint yourself and enjoy – this is your resource, so use it as you see fit! Of course, you have to follow the rules, so let’s get to that. Get those links in and have fun.

  • Link up your pet blog name and URL using the Linky Tool below. You only need to add your link once to be seen on all the Saturday Pet Blogger Blog Hop Linky Tools for that week. Note that if your blog is not pet related your link will be removed. Also note that only one post per blog is acceptable, and links promoting giveaways that are unrelated to the pet blogger hop will be removed. This is a community building exercise and not a promotional vehicle – please treat it as such.
  • Grab the “Saturday Pet Blogger Blog Hop” button on the right hand side of this site and include it in your Saturday Blog hop post so that your readers will know what is going on. *Note – posting is optional. Feel free to just link and follow.
  • Follow your co-hosts listed in the first 3 slots of the Linky Tool.
  • Follow as many other blogs on the linky as you’d like.
  • Take a moment to comment on the blogs telling them you’re from the blog hop.
  • Follow back when you get a new follower through the Saturday Pet Blogger Hop.
  • Make friends and grow. ♥

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20 comments

  • June 18, 2011 12:11 amPosted 3 years ago
    houndstooth

    What a cool project! I’m off to like them right now! :)

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  • June 18, 2011 12:18 amPosted 3 years ago
    Carrie Boyko

    Great projects like this never fail to astound me….will check it out of FB. Thanks!

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  • June 18, 2011 12:26 amPosted 3 years ago
    Sage

    Wow! I wish I could double-Like Dog Bless You! I’ve been following him for quite a while. What a great service he’s doing for our returning soldiers.

    On another note, since LinkyTools moved to an icon-type list, I’ve been unable to get the alternate coding to work on my wordpress.com blog. Have others had problems?

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  • June 18, 2011 12:58 amPosted 3 years ago
    Kristin G

    Thank you for sharing this!! Such an excellent cause!

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  • June 18, 2011 6:32 amPosted 3 years ago
    genjip

    Thanks for letting the doggie community know about this project. A Win for soldiers and dogs. A definite LIKE.

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  • June 18, 2011 6:39 amPosted 3 years ago
    Hawk aka BrownDog

    Hi Y’all,

    Love the heartwarming stories to start our day. We dogs have a huge capacity for helping humans and offer our love unconditionally.

    Y’all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

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  • June 18, 2011 6:48 amPosted 3 years ago
    The Thundering Herd

    Terrific story.

    And sorry about the double link in the blog hop listing. Had some problem loading the pic and somehow created two. Feel free to delete the blank one. We guess our big paws on this keyboard just messed things up.

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  • June 18, 2011 8:53 amPosted 3 years ago
    Sistertex

    Hi there,
    Say I used the alternate code for WordPress and it sends to a different page for the list, but the list does not show up on that page. Ideas please??

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  • June 18, 2011 9:54 amPosted 3 years ago
    Vicky

    Wonderful program you are promoting – thank you!

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  • June 18, 2011 10:17 amPosted 3 years ago
    All God's Creatures

    Awesome program … dogs make such a difference! ♥

    We also started a program for our soldiers (human AND canine) last fall called “Operation K9 Care Package” … if you would like to learn more about it, here is the link >>> http://agcpetservices.blogspot.com/2010/10/care-packages-for-military-canines.html

    We are still accepting donations … we have several care packages packed and waiting to be mailed, but do not have enough funds to mail them all. Any help is appreciated greatly. ♥

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  • June 18, 2011 4:02 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Kimberly

    Nice, very nice!

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  • June 18, 2011 4:27 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Stacey

    shared

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    June 18, 2011 4:35 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Rebecca

    Ditto! Shared as well.

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  • June 18, 2011 6:44 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Donna

    Shared!

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  • June 18, 2011 6:53 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Judy

    Shared

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  • June 18, 2011 6:54 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Cherie K. Miller

    Thank you for introducing us once again to a terrific program for dogs! Thanks for sharing. Dropping by on the blog hop today. If you have a few seconds to drop by my blog, please leave a comment and enjoy the cat video. Talking cats – can’t get enough of them!

    Have a great Father’s Day!

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  • June 18, 2011 8:52 pmPosted 3 years ago
    melF

    OH wow. What a great idea and initiative. I have read and seen many stories on how these dogs make such a difference in a soldier’s life. I was all set to go over and “Like” the site, when I realized I already had before! So I will do the next best thing and pass it on. I hope they get to 100 dogs! Thank you so much for sharing this!

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  • June 18, 2011 9:48 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Boondocks

    Mom just finished reading “Until Tuesday” which is an amazing tale of a soldier and his dependence on his service dog, Tuesday. We highly recommend it!

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  • June 19, 2011 10:49 amPosted 3 years ago
    Linda J

    Shared! And Thank You!

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  • June 20, 2011 8:01 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Cher

    I’m just saying-put them & some of us to work!

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