K9s Blog

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 14:24
military, ptsd, soldier, veteran

Dear PTSD Caregiver,

You likely know this – but symptoms of PTSD can appear anywhere from one month to years after a traumatizing event occurs. These symptoms are debilitating. We understand that your warrior may no longer seem like the person you once knew; it is very difficult to see them in such a dark place. The truth is... witnessing this takes a toll on you, as well. PTSD can impact marriages, children, and families in unimaginable ways. This is not your fault. This is not your warrior's fault. We understand. It's okay.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 15:53

Background

In 2015, K9s For Warriors and the lab of Dr. Maggie O’Haire at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine began a collaboration to produce a first-of-its-kind research study.  The aim of the research was straight-forward: find empirical evidence that service dogs mitigate Post-Traumatic Stress symptoms in post-9/11 veterans. PTSD symptoms can include debilitating anxiety, night terrors, uncontrollable anger, fear of public places, drug abuse, and even more tragically, suicide.  

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 15:21
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From two military spouses in an attic in 2011, to one of America's fastest growing companies today - R.Riveter is a mission-driven company redefining American manufacturing, one military spouse and handcrafted product at a time. Each R.Riveter handbag and accessory is carefully crafted by military spouses stationed across the country, making each product truly American Handmade.

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Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 10:48

As the leading service dog organization for disabled American veterans, we are committed to service, education, transparency, and doing what is right. Unfortunately, there are others out there who lack this commitment. If you search “service dog” on the Internet, you will likely discover a gratuitous number of websites providing false service animal documents and aids (some going as far as to “coach” you in faking having a service dog). The actions of these imposters mislead the public and, frankly, abets the dishonest.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 14:08

As the first month of 2018 comes to a close, a great milestone has been achieved - the doors to our newest facility are now open. Located just outside of Gainesville, Florida, the Gold Family Campus was  donated to K9s For Warriors last year. Since then, the property has gone from a private, luxuary residence to a multi-purpose training facility. This incredible campus is nestled within 67 acres and includes: a stocked lake, pecan orchard, nine bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and much more.

Monday, December 18, 2017 - 15:53

K9s For Warriors’ Rory Diamond and Shari Duval are two individuals who go the distance when it comes to giving veterans a new leash on life.

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 14:35

It has been a year since the puppy, Slider, I raised graduated from service dog training at K9s For Warriors. Last December, I wrote an essay to express the emotions I experienced during Slider's graduation. This piece has not been published - until now. I've heard Slider and his warrior are doing well, which brings me so much joy. If you are reading this and live within 50 miles of Camp K9, please consider becoming a puppy raiser. It is not easy... but nothing worthwhile is.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 13:43
ptsd, veteran ptsd, awareness, ptsd awareness

As an Army veteran deployed to Iraq in 2003-04, I am intimately familiar with the challenges that our warriors face daily. Depression and isolation are just two of the many problems service members may experience when returning from a combat zone. In 2012, when I was introduced to K9s For Warriors, I realized there was hope for returning warriors who, like me, struggled with issues related to deployment.

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 11:35

When one of our staff tells someone he/she works at K9s For Warriors, the usual follow-up question is,

“So, you train the dogs?” 

Well, “No ...” is the answer for about 90% of our staff. 

There are several departments that churn and burn to sustain the operation that is the whole of K9s For Warriors.  Besides the obvious K9s Operations, we have other vital departments: Warrior Relations, Development, Public Relations, etc.  All are equally important, working in tandem to make K9s what it is.

So, what exactly does the rest of the staff do?

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 09:45
suicide, suicide prevention, ptsd, mental health

My best friend, Daniell, knows just what to do when I’m depressed or in a state of sheer panic. She understands me and my struggles to the core and has a good reason to; we’ve been friends since the ninth grade and have gone through so much together. I try to be transparent in life, but it’s hard. Some people know this, some do not… but I’ve struggled with anxiety and depression since the age of 12. Daniell is, of course, one of the people in my life who knows this about me.