BENEFITING: K9S FOR WARRIORS
ORGANIZER: Animal Fair
EVENT DATE: Nov 14, 2013
Animal Fair wrote -
Support warriors and their K9s in the Dallas area!
Bark Breakfast Benefit Tour Dallas, TX - August 16, 2013
Omni Hotel 555 S. Lamar St. Dallas, TX 75202
K9s for Warriors rescues dogs from shelters prior to being euthanized and trains them to be service dogs for veterans with PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury. We hope you can donate $10.00, $100.00 or what ever amount you can afford - 94% of every dollar will help a Veteran with PTSD in Dallas receive a service dog from K9s For Warriors.
Every hour, a veteran commits suicide! Service dogs are a natural cure for PTSD! Animal Fair and Wendy Diamond have partnered with K9s for Warriors and dedicated her book tour to raising enough money for a dog to be rescued from a shelter and trained as CGC-certified service dog for a Veteran with PTSD!
In Dallas, we will honor Kevin, 41, who was a United States Army Staff Sergeant where he served 12 years. He graduated K9s For Warriors where he was paired with Patriot, a Labrador. Patriot, a small black lab with a big heart, was found in the Flagler Humane Society. The head trainer at K9s For Warriors had decided to release Patriot from the program due to concerns for his size but Patriot had another idea. The day Kevin arrived at K9s For Warriors, Patriot was playing with a volunteer and he raced over to Kevin, jumped into his lap and declared this was his warrior. Kevin asked if Patriot could be his dog and the trainers said they were concerned he was too small but they would give it a few days and see. That night Kevin had a terrible nightmare and Patriot gently woke him up, that was all: Patriot was declared his service dog. The two have gone on many outings since they graduated from the K9s For Warriors’ program including posing for picture with President Bush at a golf tournament.
The K9’s For Warriors Program/Rescue pulls shelter dogs prior to being euthanized and transports them back to their facility. After having a complete physical, the dogs are trained to meet CGC (Canine Good Citizen) standards. Upon completion, they are paired with a veteran with PTSD based upon his special needs and the special tasks the dog is most capable of performing. It costs approximately $10,000 to graduate one veteran/canine team from the time the dog is accepted into training, including housing, feeding and training with his veteran for three weeks. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a very real epidemic amongst veterans and affects up to 30 percent of all soldiers, 184 new cases are diagnosed every single day. According to the Department of Veteran Affairs, one soldier commits suicide every 65 minutes. This is an alarming statistic, but studies show dogs can be very therapeutic in the treatment of PTSD and other military-related stresses.
Shari Duval (wife of PGA TOUR player Bobby Duval) was inspired to start this program by her own son. She shared, “My son, Brett Simon, returned from two tours in Iraq as a bomb dog handler. I didn’t even know what PTSD was, only that he came home a different person.” She continued, “Our family noticed that when he was with his canines he was better, more like the “old Brett”. Our family had the resources to help Brett but we knew most do not. I spent two years researching service dog therapy and then opened K9’s For Warrior Program/Rescue.”
K9′s For Warrior Program/Rescue’s success is a triumph for the organization. Duval commented, “The warriors arrive here broken on two legs and leave here walking into their recovery on six. They are able to go and do things that weren’t possible before they received their service dog.” She added, “These dogs provide more medical improvement for the warriors than all the drugs they have been placed on.”
Wendy Diamond will host the BARK BREAKFAST 10 City Media Tour, which will feature her hilarious new book, How To Train Your Boss To Roll Over. This brand new instructional manual will promote a positive work environment and explain how to work towards making a societal difference by raising awareness and funds for the K9′s For Warrior Program/Rescue. Business leaders, celebrities, media personalities, and entrepreneurs that attend the breakfast event will celebrate our wounded veterans and rally to raise awareness and donations for our American heroes that have sacrificed selflessly for our country. Dogs are welcome to breakfast treats, too! You will also get meet the veteran and the dog who will benefit from your generous donations!