In honor of Memorial Day, I wanted to share information about this heartwarming program with you! To assist the veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, Puppies Behind Bars has launched the Dog Tags plan to match disabled soldiers with specially trained Labrador Retrievers or Golden Retrievers to assist them in their daily lives, performing tasks ranging from opening the door to helping to pick up dropped items. These dogs not only are new life companions for the veterans, but the fully-trained service dogs would run each person around $30,000 if left to pay for it on their own.
I loved hearing about Lilly Lou the dog and her adopted kittens, dubbed "pittens" (for puppy/kittens) so when Citizen told me about more cross-species caretaking, I couldn't wait to check it out. Ever giving mom, Echo, nurses her six new golden pups, in addition to six orphaned cats as well – I think it's even more heartwarming than the last story!
See that tiny lil pooch in front on the right? That's Holly when she was just a pup! This lovely golden is our TGIF POTD! She enjoys games of fetch the ball . . . often followed by a game of chase to get the ball back. Her dream vacation would include a stop at the rawhide bone factory, a sandpit for digging, and a snowy place to frolic. Afterwards, I bet she'd want to finish with a nice dinner of meat both real and fake. Curious where I'm getting this information? See a gallery of the evidence when you read more