K9s Blog

Monday, July 29, 2019 - 10:05

This is an update to our original blog post, published on 6/12/2019.

During the week of July 22nd, we learned that the House Veterans Affairs Committee denied support of the PAWS Act of 2019, H.B. 3103 - again. As a whole, we are extremely dissapointed at yet another setback to our servicemembers getting the PTSD treatment that some of them desperately need: a service dog.

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 15:17
Truth 11:11 logo

Travis Aaron Wade is a 0311 Infantry Marine who, 20 years ago, transitioned out of the military to an acting career in TV and film.  His resume includes dozens of productions, most in the action and thriller genres with military and law enforcement themes.  You may have seen him in TV shows such as NCIS: Los Angeles, Vegas, CSI, Criminal Minds, NCIS; or in the films War of the Worlds, The Forger, or Criminal Activities. His most recent project, Todd Robinson’s military drama, T

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 15:53
warrior & service dog

*This is a personal account and opinion piece from the wife of one of our warrior-canine teams, Jeff & Holly. Jeff's wife, Tiffany, expresses beautifully many topics that we often talk about. Her personal account is so moving that we had to share it. This has not been edited or changed at all, except for correcting the spelling of K9s For Warriors.*

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 15:26
PAWS Act

The PAWS Act of 2019 – a bill designed to provide funding for service dogs for veterans - was introduced to Congress on June 5th by Florida Congressman John Rutherford. If passed, the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers Act will require the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide a $25,000 voucher for a service dog to veterans diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

An excerpt from our press release explains more:

Friday, May 31, 2019 - 13:32
PTSD Month

PTSD is real. It’s serious, and it’s relentless.

For our veterans who suffer from it, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder causes nightmares, anxiety, depression, broken relationships, sleepless years, and the worst: suicidal ideation.

But at K9s For Warriors, we fight back every day. For years we’ve said that Service Dogs work. That they help heal our warriors from PTSD, help them reintegrate into society, and ultimately save their lives.  We have 544 graduate teams (and counting) to support those claims. 

Friday, April 5, 2019 - 14:11
volunteers of K9s For Warriors

K9s For Warriors is the nation’s largest provider of Service Canines for post-9/11 veterans suffering from PTSD, TBI and/or MST. We assist veterans who live across the entire country by pairing them with a trained Service Canine, providing three weeks of training for each warrior-canine team to progress through together, and send the pair home as battle buddies. This is a massive process that requires all hands on deck, and we could never accomplish this without the hard work and dedication of our volunteers.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 - 10:40
Fundraising for suicide awareness

Thanks for your interest in hosting a fundraiser for K9s For Warriors for your birthday!

What’s this all about? Last year, we noticed how generous Facebook users were in holding birthday fundraisers to benefit our program.  January is a time of new hopes and wishes for the coming year, so we thought we’d start a campaign to help you spread those hopes and wishes to our nation’s heroes suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and Military Sexual Trauma (MST).

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 09:44
Service Dog

It’s that season when we're all thinking about some of our favorite things from the past year, like in Julie Andrews’ famous tune, “My Favorite Things.” We’re easily filled with warm, fuzzy feelings about the simple, yet significant substance of our lives, whether it be people, pets, pastimes, or brown paper packages tied up with string.  Here at K9s For Warriors, we wanted to share our favorite things from the year.  Join us as we look back with gratitude at all the wonderful “things” that made this year well worth remembering.

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 11:09
trainer with dog

The hardest part about being a dog trainer

 

Dog trainers have a very special role in our organization. They are the liaisons between the animal and human worlds. Each trainer has a specific reason for choosing a career as a dog trainer, but as you could imagine, they all love working with dogs. Not every moment as a dog trainer is ideal, though. Our trainers shared their thoughts on the hardest parts of being trainers.

 

Jenny:

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 08:49
trainer teaching dog

Favorite Part of Training

Our dogs are very intelligent and achieve many milestones during their time at Camp K9; the process seems so natural, it is easy to take for granted. From the moment a dog is rescued, to the moment a dog graduates, and every second in-between, our trainers are developing the skills, correcting the behaviors, and shaping the personalities of our future service dogs. There is not a specific step in the process that is more important than the next; however, our trainers do have their favorite parts.