If you’re a regular reader of Life with Arie, then you know there are a few things I blog about fairly often: Arie, my White German Shepherd; my cats and new fish; rescue dogs, because they have a special place in my heart; and of course, Nutro. Nutro is the company behind Arie’s food, and I blog about their products a great deal. I’ve had the opportunity to join a new initiative with them, the Nutro Knowledge Network, and I’m ecstatic about it–In the future, at the end of some of my posts you’ll find “This post was written by a Nutro Knowledge Network Member and sponsored by the Nutro Company” to signify which posts are created from me being a part of this wonderful network, as this one is.
I work in online content. All day every day I over see a team of writers typing away to create engaging content on the web for various clients, most of which are spread all throughout the United States. A few of these clients are in the Denver and Colorado Springs area, and are close to my heart right now as they deal with wildfires. It was perfect timing of course, that this week I also found out about Nutro sponsoring the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation.
Photo by Journalist 1st Class Preston Keres
via Beverly and Pack on Flickr
The National Search Dog Foundation (SDF) is there wherever and whenever disasters strike with a team of professionally trained dogs to help other rescue responders find survivors of such tragedies. One of the most appealing aspects of this foundation is that not only are they using rescue dogs, but they are also giving dogs a home in the process. The team, in order to keep their numbers high and enough dogs for the job, rescues unwanted dogs from shelters around the country. These rescued dogs then become rescuers themselves after six months of training in obedience, disaster search skills, and more.
Nutro is working to show their appreciation for the National Search Dog Foundation in various ways. Since 1998, they’ve supported the SDF with Nutro Natural Choice dog food (I knew my dog was a hero…probably why I unconsciously fed her the same food they get!) for all FEMA certified canine disaster search teams. Nutro has also pledged the sponsor the SDF with one million dollars through 2016.
This amazing foundation brings our love of rescue dogs and of the dog food that saved Arie from allergy woes together and is now a new favorite of mine. You can find out more about them on the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation Website or visit them on Facebook and Twitter. The SDF also has a donation page if you want to contribute.
Have you heard of SDF before? Do you know any dogs who are a part of it, or have you ever seen them in action? Share your rescue dog stories with us in a comment!