If I were a runner and this were a race, I would be asking you to pledge to sponsor each mile I ran. Well, I’m most certainly NOT a runner, but this is kind of a race to help Military Working Dogs (MWD) deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq, so I figure, what the heck, I’ll see if my generous readers, friends, and patrons would like to pitch in!
Here’s how to get involved:
1. Become a booth sponsor
I’m taking my pet portrait booth on the road to demonstrate at the K9 Kingdom’s Wash-A-Thon event (more information below) on December 7, 2008 to benefit Military Working Dogs and their handlers. There’s a donation to participate, but I figure we dog lovers can muster much more support than that by banding together.
Will you join me and become a member of the PetsPictured Pack of Sponsors for this worthy cause? Click here to make a donation by credit card, PayPal, or check. Your name will be added to the PetsPictured Pack Honor Roll on display at my booth. Let’s see how much we can raise! I’ll post the final total here on December 7.
2. Earn a 10% donation with portrait commission or gift certificate purchase before December 7
Until December 7, I will donate 10% (at least $30) of every portrait commission or gift certificate purchase with "MilitaryDogs" Coupon Code to Military Working Dog Team Support Association, Inc, (MWDTSA).
Just type the coupon code "MilitaryDogs" into the notes field when you order or mention it on phone order. If the portrait is a gift, I’ll include a note with the portrait explaining the donation.
Find out more about commissioning a custom pet portrait here, buy a gift certificate here, or call me at 412-828-8679. But do it by December 7, 2008!
3. If you are in Pittsburgh, bring your dog in for a bath
Visit K9 Kingdom in Wexford, PA during the Dog-Wash-a-Thon on Dec. 7th from 9am – 5pm. Have your dog professionally bathed and brushed for a $20 donation, bid on a wide selection of items in the Auction, or shop for the pet-lovers on your Christmas list by visiting the vendors (like me–stop by my booth and say hello!) on site. All proceeds from the event will be used to purchase supplies on the MWDTSA wish-list.
More about military dogs and Wash-A-Thon sponsors
Quoting from the press release by K9 Kingdom:
The Wash-A-Thon will be a fundraiser in support of deployed Military Working Dogs (MWDs) and dog handlers who are currently serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. Funds raised will be channeled through Military Working Dog Team Support Associations, Inc, (MWDTSA), a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization whose missions include sending specific urgent items needed for support of America’s Military Working Dogs.
After making contact with one of the military veterinarians in Iraq, K9 Kingdom Founder and CEO Christin Bummer was directed to MWDTSA, an organization which serves as a conduit for donated supplies headed to military K-9 teams deployed in war zones. "Our donations are sent to all military branches of service and include health related items, kennel items, and personal items such as toys and treats." stated Dixie Whitman, President of MWDTSA. "We are grateful for the creativity and outpouring of support from K9 Kingdom and the dog lovers of greater Pittsburgh. These wonderful people are blessings to both America’s military working dogs and dog handlers who are doing a difficult and dangerous job."
Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom dogs work in rugged conditions from the craggy, snowy almost unearthly cold of the Afghanistan Mountains in winter to the hot, desolate, dry deserts of Iraq. MWDs are trained to search out explosives (weapons caches, IEDs) or drugs. They may also be used for patrol work, security details and at check points.
Breeds most often found working in the military include German Shepherd Dogs, Belgian Malinois and Labrador Retrievers. Each breed has qualities of intelligence, stamina and special inherent genetic traits which predisposes them to be excellent working dogs. Other breeds working in the military include, but are not limited to, Belgian Tervurens and Boxers.
All dogs receive basic training at Lackland Air Force Base and then are paired up with their handlers. Additional training takes place at their home station before being deployed overseas. In a change from policy during the Vietnam Era, dogs return home with their handlers and at the end of their working life are generally available for adoption to their handlers and, if qualified, to the public. More information and photos are available to view via the MWDTSA web site.
Contact: Christin Bummer, K9 Kingdom, Wexford, PA Phone: 724-935-3647