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Animal Abuse is Alive and Well

“Just do something, Sue” I thought, over and over. In an effort to just do something, I’ve begun to share the highs and lows of Abigail’s journey by writing about it. It literally sickens me to write this story, again. I am an animal lover, advocate and avid supporter of humane education and initiatives. While volunteering for, working with, and on behalf of animals, I have seen the best of people and the worst of people too. The dog is Abigail, of “Bonnets for Abigail” fame. As a young dog, s

From Tragedy to Triumph: Abigail Conquers Evil to Emerge as a Teacher and Hero

Dogs on Deployment is all about helping hands and paws. Everyone at Dogs on Deployment gets to meet people from other organizations that love, represent, and advocate for pets and other animals in various ways. People like Victoria Frazier, of Love is Fur Ever, a non-profit dog rescue in south Florida. She rescued a young dog from a shelter who was the victim of dog fighting. Now, together with the healed, rehabilitated and lovely Abigail of Bonnets for Abigail, she wants to help Dogs on Deploy

May is National Physical Fitness & Sports Month: Times Have Changed, But Are We Better Off?

Each year since 1983, May is recognized in America as “National Physical Fitness and Sports Month” by the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. (1) • So, what kind of shape are Americans in these days? • How have our exercise options and workout habits changed through the years? • What’s popular in physical fitness now, and how does it enable us to become our healthiest selves? • Why is nutrition now a part of the equation?

Pet Boarding Volunteers at Dogs on Deployment

Volunteer boarders and foster pet parents are critical to the success of Dogs on Deployment. Thanks to the care, compassion and cooperation of such individuals, increasing numbers of military members and families that seek help through Dogs on Deployment gain some peace of mind while in military training or on active duty. Some volunteer boarders within the Dogs on Deployment network love what they do so much that they become repeat borders. Debra Freeman is one such boarder. “The reason why I

FROM STREET TO CHIC: Dogs on Deployment 2017 MPOTY Winner AND Mascot is Tanzie!

"The Tanzie Project" ANIMAL RESCUE AND ADVOCACY: Tanzie will Excitedly Represent Dogs on Deployment as the Mascot, and Winner of our 2017 Military Pet of the Year Contest Each year Dogs on Deployment holds a contest in search of one very special dog to serve as our mascot and be the face of the organization. We agree that every dog is special. But some dogs, like Tanzie, uniquely embody all the characteristics we hold dear in a pet, and through their circumstances, teach us important, compelling lessons. In this case, Tanzie and her owners sh

LKN Citizen Newspaper - Business Section: Cosmetology grad turning some heads

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES Timing is everything in life. Two years ago, Georgie Follmer , stylist and alumna of the first graduating CPCC cosmetology program class, walked in to Kass & Co. Salon with a resume. She met salon co-owners and master stylists, Jen Mosteller and Kassidy Elmore , just as they developed an urgent need for some helping hands — Elmore had just broken her leg. CORNELIUS, N.C. -- Advanced education can serve us well and help open doors. Workforce development initiatives at Central Piedmont Community

Life-Saving Spay/Neuter Programs & Pet Chit Updates

Dogs on Deployment understands that pets do a great deal to enhance and complete our lives in numerous ways. DoD aims to promote responsible, lifelong pet ownership within the military-pet community. Dogs on Deployment’s military-pet foster network reunites as many military families with their pets as possible, and the Pet Chit Financial Assistance Program helps with the financial costs. Dogs on Deployment Pet Chits have helped military members with veterinary expenses, including the costs of s

Creative Arts Therapies: Dogs and art have healing in common

Lois Watkins, meanwhile, is receiving in-patient care at Novant Health. Confined to the hospital, she is missing her dogs at home while she is recovering. Seeing Cori, though, brings a smile to her face. HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Tisha Broome finds herself receiving treatment in the Infusion Center at Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center. A positive attitude helps her face difficult circumstances, as does Cori, a therapy dog. Debbie Reep is receiving discharge instructions from her physical t

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Drawing inspiration while inspiring to overcome

Allgood is program director of the Huntersville facility, which operates as a community-based program designed to meet some of the needs of impaired adults — many of whom are seniors — and their caregivers. Seeing Allgood in action, facilitating services and activities for adults who suffer from illnesses such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s, you would never know that she has been through her own health crisis. HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Upon entering the room used as a gathering space in the Gracious

May: Memorials, Military Appreciation, and Reflection

National Military Spouse Day was recognized May 6, 2016. Each year on that day the United States acknowledges the significant contributions, support, and sacrifices of spouses of members of the Armed Forces. Armed Forces Day was recognized May 21, 2016. Created in 1939 to replace the separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days, this single day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense. And of course, Memorial Day, celebrated this year

Returning to Gunner: A Homecoming Tale | Military Tails

Emotions run high when a military service member returns from his or her assignment to pick up their beloved pet from a Dogs on Deployment boarder. This was true for Sara Liming, United States Navy, when she recently reunited with her dog, Gunner, a beautiful brindle colored Boxer mix who turns four years old this June. She can remember getting Gunner when he was no bigger than her boots. As a member of the United States Navy, Sara Liming, like any member of the armed services repeatedly encoun

Here She Is: Introducing Belle T634, 2016 Military Pet of the Year Contest Winner and DoD Mascot | Military Tails

It is with great happiness and pride that Dogs on Deployment announces its winner of the 2016 Military Pet of the Year (MPOTY) Contest, and DoD Mascot, Belle T634! Belle was recently retired from the United States Marine Corps after four years of honorable service and one combat deployment to Afghanistan, where she served as an IDD (IED Detection Dog), commonly referred to as MWD (Military Working Dog), and honorably earned the rank of Staff Sergeant. She and her handler, Sgt. Sam Wettstein, Un

We Welcome Mrs. D’Arcy Neller as New Board Member and Guest Judge, 2016 Military Pet of the Year Contest | Military Tails

Dogs on Deployment proudly celebrates two announcements as we and our furry loved ones settle into Winter, 2016. We welcome Mrs. D’Arcy Neller, wife to the U.S. Marine Corps Commandant, General Neller, highest ranking general in the Marines, and leader in the U.S. Department of Defense, as she joins Dogs on Deployment as an honorary board member for 2016. The esteemed Mrs. Neller will also participate as a guest judge in the upcoming Dogs on Deployment “2016 Military Pet of the Year” (MPOTY) con