A 21-gun salute resonates through the woods as another soldier is laid to rest. The family mourns nearby as they are handed a folded flag in remembrance of the hero. Tears flow as memories of the soldier and the work they did for our freedoms comes to the minds of many. Paws, I salute these who have gone before and bark WOOF loud as I might for those still serving.

Memorial Day – A day to focus on and remember our fallen military personnel who died in the line of duty while serving our country. As we go through the day, let’s remember them with paws of thanks and prayers.

Not long ago I met Christopher Baity, an OEF/OIF veteran Marine Corps dog trainer and kennel master with three combat deployments, one civilian deployment and two additional overseas deployments with working dogs with a strong a passion to help military personnel and rescued dogs. He loves them both incredibly. This caught my attention!

Chris and Amanda Baity combined their skills and passions to form www.SemperK9.org. Their mission is to enhance the quality of life for the wounded members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families by providing assistance dogs. Using rescued and donated dogs, they provide service dogs for psychiatric alert and mobility challenges free of charge to wounded service members. I am amazed by the work they do to help those who served our country.

Did you know 834,463 veterans from OEF/OIF suffer from combat-related PTSD? That’s 30 percent! Overall, there are 10.6 million veterans living with combat-related PTSD. Barkingly, every three hours, a veteran commits suicide which averages to 20 lives a day. Every 11 seconds, an animal is euthanized in the U.S. Semper K9 helps make a difference by rescuing dogs from shelters and training them to be service dogs for wounded service members at no cost. By enhancing the quality of life for service members and their families, Semper K9 is able to help them regain confidence and independence. BARKS!!

The work of Semper K9 is ongoing and uses the assistance of many. From being a human volunteer helping with K9 Coaching, an event host/hostess, donating veterinary services, grooming skills, kennel assistance, assisting with facility maintenance or assisting with technology, anyone can make a difference. If you are not able to donate your time, pawlease consider donating funds or supplies to help with their mission.

Operations Paws for Homes partners with Semper K9 by keeping an eye out for dogs who could be a pawsome fit as a Service Dog for a Military human.

Barkingly, here are a few dogs that are looking for forever homes.

Meet Yoyoma! She is a beautiful, two-year-old American Bulldog! She is picky about who she calls a friend. She wants a home where she can get lots of exercise and has lots of toys to play with! She loves hanging out with her human and curling up at their feet. She enjoys car rides and hikes too!

She will do best in a home with rules and boundaries as she will take control if allowed! She met a six-year-old human and was very polite, giving her doggie kisses! If you would like a dog with some training but still needs a strong leader, Yoyoma is your girl.

Yoyoma tested positive for heartworm disease which is transmitted through a bite from an infected mosquito producing a positive test in six months. Operation Paws for Homes will treat the dog and provide two weeks’ recovery time prior to adoption. Potential adopters will receive detailed information on the disease and their role in completing the recovery process from Operation Paws for Homes’ Heartworm Coordinator. With monthly preventatives, heartworm is completely preventable. Read about heartworm disease here: https://www.heartwormsociety.org/pet-owner-resources/heartworm-basics#q12

Meet Quartz, a 15-month-old American Straffordshire Terrier mix who is fun, energetic, and loving – a real gem! A pawsome personality, she is crate- and house trained, learning basic commands, loves to be outdoors, walks great on a leash, allows mini-humans to pet and play with her, and can play her version of tug-of-war for hours! She’s a bit selective with her dog friends as not all are BFF material.

Contact Operation Paws for Homes, www.ophrescue.org, or email: adopt@ophrescue.org.

About Me:

I, Noah, am Pawthor of www.fromthedogspaw.com- A blog about dog adoption, humor, dog adventures and facts about dogs and cats.

Noah is the Dog to his human, Allen Pearson, a Dog Photographer and Writer, www.allenpearsonsphotos.com, www.facebook.com/AllenPearsonsPhotos.com, www.instagram.com/fromthedogspaw.

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