Let’s kick this post off with an announcement! We are officially half way through our A to Z challenge!!!! M is the 13th letter of the alphabet, and our halfway point to letter, Z, numero 26. Thanks to all of you for your encouragement as we make our way through this daily challenge, for loving me through the daily emails and appearances in your reader or your Triberr feed, and for the continued comments. You’re awesome! As a big thanks, I’d like to announce that we will be doing the second Life with Arie giveaway at the end of the challenge! I’ve worked to put together a super special gift basket for pet lovers everywhere, so stay tuned for more details. I’ll be revealing some of the special items included in the giveaway in posts throughout the rest of the month. Now, onto the alphabet…
M is for military dogs, and dogs in similar fields.
As the proud owner of a German Shepherd Dog, even if her coloration is often viewed as a fault, I have a special place in my heart for military and service dogs, as GSD’s make up a significant number of their population. These dogs are true heroes, and are truly amazing. One of our first posts on Life with Arie was actually about dogs in the military, and discusses the bonds that soldiers have with their dogs, and the debate over dogs as property or as soldiers themselves. One of our more recent posts discussed the plight of Sergeant Rex, a military dog whose former handler was fighting to bring him home with her after he was deemed unfit for service. I’m happy to give you an update, though it’s a little belated: Sergeant Rex can officially become a couch potato and house dog with his handler, Megan Leavey. Check out The Elka Almanac for the details.
One thing that I’ve skipped over some in my talk of military dogs is the discussion of other dogs of armed service, such as K-9 officers. I’ve had the good fortune to get to know the great Shugart family behind a local business here in Georgia, Deceased Pet Care. Sounds morbid, I know, but this establishment is amazing. Atlanta is a very densely populated area, surrounded by outer areas that feature everything from suburbs to farmland. While I don’t like to think about Arie going over the rainbow bridge, when she does, I won’t be able to create a place for her under the shade tree in my back yard, like we did with my childhood companion, Patches. Deceased Pet Care handles pet cremation from your beloved house cat to your gentle horse, as well as a beautiful, respectful, and comforting cemetery for pets that allows pet parents to visit their loved ones long after their gone. They also handle almost all of the K-9 units after their passing, whether still active duty or retired and enjoying their time at home.
They feature a page on their website devoted to dogs from the police departments in the area, with a K-9 fund to help the public get involved in honoring these furry heroes, a biography written for each dog to show off their achievements and to honor their memory, and a respectful final resting place for these unsung (until now) heroes. If you’ve got a spare moment (and maybe some Kleenex) you should read their wonderful stories. Working with Deceased Pet Care has really opened my eyes to the dogs serving my area, and I feel like I know them all a bit better.
Lately we’ve had a lot of heroic pet stories on the brain, so we’d love to hear yours. Share a link or a story in the comments section with your favorite tales of tails doing amazing things.