Walking Campaign Places Service Dogs With Veterans

New initiative promotes fitness and provides disabled military personnel with service dogs.

Posted: December 17, 2010, 2 a.m. EST

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Wag & Walk 4 LifeWant to get fit with your dog and help disabled military veterans at the same time? Join the Wag & Walk 4 Life pledge, courtesy of the Greenies brand and partner Freedom Service Dogs, a Denver-based nonprofit that provides service dogs to military veterans and others with physical or psychological disabilities.

Dog owners who join the Wag & Walk 4 Life challenge pledge to walk a certain number of miles with their dog every week. As cumulative pledge goals are met (register here), the Greenies brand will provide monetary donations to fund a training camp to place up to 12 FSD service dogs with disabled veterans.

“When you take the Wag and Walk 4 Life pledge, you benefit not only you and your pet, but you also enable a disabled military veteran to get a canine helper,” says veterinarian and author Ernie Ward, D.V.M., a spokesperson for the program.

And since FSD rescues dogs to serve in the program, participants’ pledges also help homeless pets. “[These dogs] become the eyes, ears, arms and legs for disabled veterans,” Ward says.

To learn more about the pledge, visit www.facebook.com/greenies. To learn more about Freedom Service Dogs, visit www.freedomservicedogs.org

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DogChannel Editor   Mission Viejo, CA

12/20/2010 1:52:01 PM

Karen, thanks so much for sharing. Bouviers are strong and smart, perfect as Service Dogs. We are glad to hear your dog is helping you. Dogs do things for us that no other animal can.

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Karen   Sheridan, WY

12/20/2010 1:36:44 PM

I am a USAF veteran and trained my Bouvier to be my SD. She notice at 1yr of age I was loosing my balance and then she would support me. Trainer and I worked on other helpful thing she could do for me to help me with other mobility issues. I am greatful that there is a project going on for our vets that need SD, and that will help save dogs at the same time.

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Galadriel   Lothlorien, ME

12/18/2010 7:38:28 PM

Aw, too bad. You have to belong to Facebook.

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Stephanie   North Canton, OH

12/18/2010 9:13:18 AM

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