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Nancy Emma: How Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet gave her peace of mind

Nancy Emma, who now serves on the board of directors for Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet, was once a recipient of the organization’s programs.

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According to Nancy, a Major in the Army at the time, she was on her second tour in Afghanistan when she was notified that her dogs were being abused by their caretaker.  “She’d keep them caged up all day, go overnight with some guy.”  Upset and furious Nancy began looking for help right away.   “I had to do a lot of research.  I didn’t know about Guardian Angels back then. I e-mailed everybody in the world.”  Shortly after sending out her e-mail, a friend of hers back on base in Fort Hood, TX gave her Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet name.  Nancy contacted the organization explaining the situation and was elated by the response she got.  “Within two days, somebody was at my house to get the dogs.”  Pedro, Loretta and Snowball were immediately placed in foster homes approved by Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet.  Snowball was eventually taken in by Linda Spurlin-Dominik, CEO, herself.

When asked how she felt once her dogs were safe Nancy said, “I was truly relieved.  Happy.”  Another benefit of fostering with the organization was the contact she received from each of the foster families.  “I loved seeing the pictures of the dogs.”  Nancy became especially close with Linda whom she said, “Acted like a mother to my dog.”

Obviously pleased with the care her dogs received with Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet, Nancy fostered her dogs with them again for her third and final tour.

PedroNow Nancy has become one of the organization’s biggest advocates.  When asked if she has recommended Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet to anybody else she told me, “Everybody.  Everybody.  I used to hand out fliers at Fort Hood at the vet’s office.”  She also told me, “I’d do anything for Guardian Angels.”  And she does.

As part of the board, Nancy now helps come up with ways to raise money for Guardian Angel’s various programs.  She also donates money every month as a way of paying back the organization that helped her so much.

Nancy also feels it’s important to spread the word about Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet.  “We’ve got to let people know that there is someone out there to help them.”

Nancy also has a message for all of the volunteers with Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet.  “For the people who volunteer, like the ones who took my dogs, all I can say is ‘thank you’ and God bless them because they give a lot of peace of mind to a lot of people.”

– Article written by Laurie Sickles. 

Honoring and Remembering the Chattanooga 5

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On Thursday, July 23, we lowered the flags to half staff honoring and remembering the Chattanooga 5 Fallen Warriors in Tennessee at the entrance to our property in Texas.  The flags will remain at Half Staff until the morning of August 1, 2015.  As part of the “Fallen Warriors Memorial Garden” at our Texas property there will be one brick for each warrior known as the Chattanooga 5 as part of the wall surrounding the memorial garden, plus a “red rose tree” in the garden will be dedicated to the Chattanooga 5 so to further ensure they are never forgotten.


*Chattanooga 5 Fallen Warriors

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Scott Smith (OH)
Sgt. Carson A. Holmquist (WI)
Staff Sgt. David A. Wyatt (AR)
Lance Cpl. Squire K. ‘Skip’ Wells (GA)
Gunnery Sgt. Thomas J. Sullivan (MA)

“Never to be Forgotten”

Submitted by: Linda Spurlin-Dominik, Founder/CEO, Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet©

Teaching old dogs new tricks: A Tail of the Beagle Boyz

Our experience fostering two beagles through Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet© was the best! We had dogs all of our lives and two years after our last one died we were still missing having one around the house. However, we didn’t feel ready to begin another 15 year relationship. I looked into a fostering opportunity and found Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet.

After several starts and stops with potential pups we were finally matched with the Beagle Boyz. Their owner supplied everything we needed for the Boyz to begin their deployment with us, crate, leashes, collars, pre-paid credit card, shot records, food, and snacks. I had been a school nurse for a dozen years so I appreciated receiving the immunizations and medical history which was so much better than ones I filed on school children. I was also humbled and moved by the thoroughness of Captain J with all that she had to do for her own deployment she fully applied her military precision to the resettlement of her Boyz. That’s when I realized how easy it would be to deal with the military, the I’s were dotted & the T’s were crossed.

My husband and I were the unknown variables in the equations. We had to tune into the Boyz’ personalities, establish our ranks, and give the fellows a sense of safety and security. A barrel of monkeys may have been more sedated than two excited beagles. But the Boyz were funny, affectionate, even grateful for the first seven days as we let them establish a routine. We felt so sorry for them since their lives were disrupted but that was our mistake, allowing the inmates to run the asylum.

The Boyz already had a pack order, Captain J., Lt. Tucker, and Private Clancy. However, after a week with us, Pvt. Clancy saw the opportunity for a coup seeking potentate status while Tucker promoted himself to Major and I was on mess hall duty. They got full of themselves with a new woman in the house and upset the whole order. One ferocious fight broke out in the living room, one that would have required a fire hose to suppress had they been outside. Wearing stove gloves for our protection and draping them in blankets, we separated them and retired them to neutral corners. They spent the night in different parts of the house while I stayed up watching the Dog Whisperer on Netflix.

Dawn came and so did their new world order. A “command voice” with an iron fist in the velvet glove declared to them just how the rest of their deployment would play out. With Caesar’s direction I took control. From that day on, the Boyz were greeted with my morning affirmation, “I’m the Leader of the Pack” (temporarily). Being overly indulgent, allowing them to neglect their manners, and not giving them clear leadership simply unleashed them. They got all fouled up and it was a real strain on us.

In no time at all, order was established and they knew what to expect and how to behave. The fault was ours so it was up to us to protect the Boyz from themselves. The next eight and a half months went very, very well. No more outbursts or confusion. Tucker did maintain his battlefield promotion to Major and in a matter of weeks Clancy was promoted to Sargent. They were a honor to the Army, although many former Marines speculated that Clancy had some Marine in him.

All dogs need structure and an obvious chain of command. The dogs from Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet already understand that by virtue of being the dogs of military families. But you can teach old dogs and old civilians new tricks.

-Written by Joanne, Foster Mom in Indiana

 

Mission Accomplished: Dizzy and Zoey

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Dizzy with crossed paws (left) and Zoey (right)

On 10 June 2015 Dizzy and Zoey (two of our foster furbabies in FL) were reunited with their Dad who had just returned from a 6 month deployment. Though we don’t have an actual picture of the reunion here is picture of Dizzy and Joey prior to going into their foster home. Our sincere appreciation and thanks to James W. for his service and sacrifices to our Country and glad we were able to help to ensure his furbabies were waiting at home for his return.

Sending our sincere thanks to the boys’ Guardian Angel Lori P. in providing a caring and safe home for them while James was gone. Lori your efforts are greatly appreciated by many in making a HUGE Difference in these lives.

 

Foster Home Needed: Massachusetts

Foster homes are urgently needed in Massachusetts. If interested, please submit foster home required information by visiting our website.

Once your application is received, a state volunteer will provide more detail about the specific needs in your area.

We have an immediate need in this state.

Foster Home Needed ASAP in and around Framingham MA for 5 year spayed female Chi/Jack Russel Mix prefer home with no other pets. Foster Term up to 3 mos. We currently have this veteran’s furbaby in boarding and she must be out before 7/1/15.

Also if not able to help please share this with others who may be interested.
Please show “Ginger” with your last name.

URGENT: Colorado Foster Home Needed for Two Pug Mixes

An urgent foster home is needed for a veteran’s beloved pug mix furbabies in and around Denver, CO until approximately September 2015.  Male and female, approx. 30 lbs., around 3 yrs. old, neuter/spayed, current on shots, housed trained, leash trained, crate trained, and love to snuggle.  The dogs are currently boarded but they sure would love to be in a caring and safe home.  Though good with children and other animals, we would prefer a home without other animals for these furbabies as that is what they are used to.  If interested and able to help these beloved furbabies, please visit the following link about fostering with us and to prepare/submit a “Potential Foster Home Submission” form (please show “CO PUGS” following your last name).

http://guardianangelsforsoldierspet.org/ways-to-get-involved/fostering/

Thanks for your consideration!

Foster Home Needed: Arkansas

Cat friendly foster homes are needed in Arkansas. If interested, please submit foster home required information by visiting our website.
Kitty –  near Little Rock, AR, 9 months old, male, gray in color, current on shots and is neutered.  Feline Leukemia 2014 results negative and is micro-chipped, house trained and Kennel trained.

Please help as we have kitty in boarding facility and really need to get this precious furbaby in a foster home in the next week.

We are covering the boarding facility via our MPA fund but we the number of homeless veterans we are helping across the country, funds are beginning to run low within the next couple of weeks.

Once your application is received, a state volunteer will provide more detail about the specific needs in your area.

Foster Homes Needed: Colorado

Dog and cat friendly foster homes are urgently needed in Colorado. If interested, please submit foster home required information by visiting our website.

Once your application is received, a state volunteer will provide more detail about the specific needs in your area.
Please spread the word!

Foster Homes Needed: Washington

Dog and cat friendly foster homes are needed in Washington State. If interested, please submit foster home required information by visiting our website.

Once your application is received, a state volunteer will provide more detail about the specific needs in your area.  Please share and spread the word about this need.

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