Fundraiser Supports Service Dogs

Petco and Natural Balance Pet Foods join forces to celebrate National Service Dog Month.

Posted: September 7, 2012, 11 a.m. EDT

DobermanTo honor National Service Dog Month and sponsor organizations that support and/or train service dogs, Petco and Natural Balance will hold a fundraiser throughout the month of September. The annual fundraiser has always supported guide dogs, but this year in addition to guide dogs, it will also raise funds on behalf of all service dogs including Military Working Dogs and the country's first ever national monument honoring Military Working Dogs.

Contributions can be made at any Petco or Unleashed or Petco online through September 22, 2012, with all funds going to service dog organizations. All proceeds from the sale of 12 oz. Limited Edition Natural Balance Jerky Bars Treats at Petco will be donated to fund this national monument honoring Military Working Dogs.

The National Monument, which will be dedicated in 2013, will feature a current day combat dog and its handler. The monument will reside at the 341st Training Squadron at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

In addition, Petco and Natural Balance are proud to support the Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act, which is currently in the early stages of legislation. The Act which is sponsored by Sen. Richard Blumenthal and supported by the ASPCA, Military Working Dog Adoptions, Natural Balance and Petco, would classify Military Working Dogs as canine members of the Armed Forces instead of equipment. The act would also extend certain benefits to retired Military Working Dogs, including the creation of a military decoration to be awarded to Military Working Dogs killed in action or perform especially courageous acts while in service to the United States.

To read about the Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act please click here.


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Patty Sue   Warren, Vermont

3/9/2013 3:19:19 AM

Nice that Petco has helped some, but my service dog Doggie was injured at a Petco and now cannot work. I have been left without a working partner. The vet said he may recover but is going to need a lot of retraining. Petco you could have cared, but you just sent it to a claims adjuster that is only interested in medical bills and vet bills. I paid them. What you do not seem to care about is that I now have lost use of the only life line I had to get me out into the community. I am devastated. I worked my tail off for 17 months to train my American Dingo, only to lose use of him in 17 minutes at Petco in the hands of a groomer. Make it right Petco, help me fix my dog. Here are some of the task that he learned for me with a couple he was working on.


Cross trained for several disabilities here are SOME of the things Doggie learned the last 17
months...

1. Puts himself between me and other people to keep an open area around me and alleviate anxiety, and protect from being bumped into due to brittle
bones.

2. Tucks in against me when symptoms of Complex PTSD
manifest

3. Touches me helping with dissociation, to bring me back to an aware
state.


4. Stays with me when dissociated for my
safety.

5. Trained to push me out of the way of unsafe drivers and electric cars I cannot
hear.

6. Tells me when to make meals, I forget to
eat.

7. Balance and counter balance
work.

8. Pulls my
wheelchair.

9. Wakes me from nightmares associated with
PTSD.

10. Makes me get up and move around when I get obsessed on
something.

11. Assists going up and down stairs and rough
terrain.


12. Brings me toys to play with when depression sets in.


13. Is learning to alert me when my voice is too loud. I have trouble with
that.

14. Is learning to push the button, like on a door or
crosswalk

15. Safely takes me across streets and finds the crosswalk button.


18. Rides in
elevators.

19. Goes in public
bathrooms.

20. Shops and stands in lines like at the grocery and other
stores.

21. Goes through automatic
doors.

22. Stands back while I open
doors.

23. Will shop with me with a shopping
cart.

24. Lays under table at restaurants and soup
kitchens.

25. Signals me with a bark when a situation gets too stressful for me in public, so I can use it as an excuse to leave and go
outside

26. Stands and watches without sound or trying to chase wildlife as I take photos and videos, alert for danger to take me away from it.


27. Has an uncanny sense of who to steer clear of on public streets and places thus keeping me out of danger which many times I was unaware
of.


28. Can get help if needed at
home.

29. Tells me when my blood sugar is low.


30. Checks out the house when we get home.

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