A great way to help the brave members of our military might not seem obvious. Many people think the only way to help out is to send our heroes a box of cookies or a fruitcake. Some families choose to send bullet-proof vests or cooling vests for their sons and daughters. But if you ask a few service members, they’ll tell you that one of the best ways to support the troops is to support their military working dogs. While the military takes good care of the service members, the guard dogs, search dogs and bomb sniffers don’t have the same sort of protection.
Temperatures in the Middle East can reach 140 degrees Fahrenheit. In that sort of heat, dogs can only do their job for about 60 to 90 minutes before they’re exhausted. In many situations, dogs are the first line of defense. If the dogs are not energetic and fresh, our troops can be put in harm’s way. These dogs have no natural protection from the heat, blowing sand, harsh mountains and extreme noises of the battlefield. By helping to protect the dogs, you’re helping to protect all the troops.
At http://www.supportmilitaryworkingdogs.org/, you can contribute to the daily needs of our military working dogs. This non-profit organization has already provided gear for over 200 military working dog teams. What began as the “Cooling Vest Project” has grown into a program that provides all sorts of protective gear for all sorts of K9 needs.
Your $400 contribution enables the purchase of several items for each dog. To keep the sand out of their eyes, the dog gets a set of dog goggles, called Doggles. For their tender paws, the dogs get a set of Muttluks. Mutt Muffs protect their ears from the noise of the battlefield. A FURminator keeps their coat clean and free of mange. Also included is a water carrier with cover, a collapsible water bowl, a dog toy and a reward treat. You can also buy an extendable leash, a harness, a plastic food container or tracking equipment.
Our troops depend on military working dogs for so many things on the battlefield. By contributing to the dogs’ well-being, you’re contributing to the well-being of all of our service members. Heroes can have four paws too.
Categorised as: Different ways to support the military troops