Pictured is a detector dog moving with a Marine unit. (Photo courtesy of US Marine Corps)
.: OPERATION K-9 CARE PACKAGE :.
It has come to our attention that the
We'd like to change all that!
In conjunction with the Saint Paul Police Department, and the Twin Cities Boxer Club, All God's Creatures Pet Services is proud to support our four-footed heroes and will be collecting dog toys and treats (and more) to send over to them.
* Items needed include:
- Tennis Balls
- Kong 3" Balls
- Squeaky Toys
- Large Rope Pulls
- Frisbee (aka Chuckit Squirrel)
- Heavy-duty Chew Toys
- Any TREATS in packages UNDER 1.5 pounds, or so ... we can not open a large treat box and divide it among several K-9 Care Packages (all treats must be in their original unopened package ... do NOT need to be refrigerated ... and NO rawhide chews or pork products, please.)
- K-9 Booties (Lucky brand - size Large ... or MuttLuks - Black/Medium)
- Foot Balms/Salve, and Antiseptic Sprays
- Collapsible Nylon Dog Water Bowls
- Dog Wipes
- Dog Grooming Tools - Brushes & Combs
- Doggie Shampoo/Conditioners
- K9 Toothpaste & Toothbrushes
- Cooling Vests by RPCM (size Large/Black)
- Dog Nail Clippers
- Financial donations to help with shipping costs
- A note of appreciation to soldier dog & handler
The deadline to deliver our donations is
|Cool graphic from the United States War Dogs Association |
showing some of the different breeds of dogs that have served our country over the years.
It turns out that the initial invitation we received from the Saint Paul Police Department to join this fundraiser was intended as an inter-office memo only ... to collect "a few things" for a MWD team associated with one of their employees. They have informed us that they are over-whelmed by the response and "have plenty", and asked that we not submit anymore donations.
Well ... folks have been very generous and have opened up their hearts, and are submitting many toys, treats, monies, thank-you notes, supplies, etc. The love and desire to support our MWD teams has been so touching, and we are receiving calls & emails daily from those still wishing to give!
So ... we have contacted an official with the US War Dogs Association and will be receiving the names of SEVERAL MWD teams (dog & their soldier) who have made it known that they have no one "back home" that corresponds with them, and that they'd be so grateful to be thought of during this holiday season. The number of MWD team names that we will receive depends on the amount of donations we collect. The more donations, the more soldiers we will be able to supply a K-9 Care Package to.
So keep sending in those donations!! The deadline has been extended to Saturday December 4th.
UPDATE (12-23-10): Click here for our UPDATE post >>> http://agcpetservices.blogspot.com/2010/12/update-operation-k-9-care-package.html
|Military canine with Doggles on. (Photo source unknown)|
Edited to add:
If you would like to include a few items for the MWD's handler, here are some ideas (travel size items are very helpful and will allow us to put a variety of items in each care package & are easy for soldier to carry.):
- Chap Stick
- Sun Block
- Baby Wipes
- Hand Sanitizer
- Hand Cream
- Avon’s Skin-So-Soft
- Nail Clippers
- Clorox Wipes
- Saline Nasal Spray
- Breath Mints
- Kleenex (Travel Size)
- Liquid Body Wash
- Cough Drops / Throat Lozenges
- Hand & Toe Warmers
- Small Mirrors
- Hair Bands
- Tooth Brush
- Tooth Paste
- Aspirin, Tylenol, Advil
- Microwave Foods (i.e. Popcorn or Easy Mac/Cheese)
- Flavored Coffee
- Flavored Oatmeal
- Powdered Gatorade
- Dried Fruits
- Instant Soup
- Lemonade Mix
- Crystal Light
- Chex Mix
- Pop Tarts
- Peanut Butter & Jelly
- Candy (no chocolate April - Sept. ... it melts!)
*Only non-perishable foods. No aerosol cans, please.
- Crossword & Sudoku Puzzle Books
- All-in-one Tool
- Ankle Socks - green, black, white
- Disposable Cameras
|Military dogs with weapons they found. (Photo source unknown)|
|(Photo source unknown)|
|A Soldier with the 2nd Infantry Division and his military working dog clear a building in Diyala Province, Iraq (Photo Credit: Petty Officer 1st Class Sean Mulligan)|
|Joint Base Balad, Iraq Staff Sgt. Philip Mendoza, 332nd Security Forces Group military working dog handler, pets his MWD Rico. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Elizabeth Rissmiller)|
|U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Kevin Reese and his military working dog Grek wait at a safe house in Buhriz, Iraq, April 10, 2007. (U.S.Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stacy L. Pearsall)|
A special prayer goes to the family of Cpl. Kory D. Wiens, of Dallas, Oregon. He was just 20 when he and his war dog, Cooper, a yellow Labrador Retriever, were killed in action by an improvised explosive device in Iraq--July, 2007. The cremated remains of this soldier and his dog were buried together.
|(Photo source - Army Times)|