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Pets are incredibly intuitive, knowing just when you need a kiss or a snuggle on the couch. It’s a special bond and even when you are separated for a long time (whether it’s vacation or even military deployment), pets love you like you never left. They also really appreciate when you love them – like our sweet girl Marilyn (above) getting some royal treatment with a pillow and blanket thanks to the kids!
You’ve seen those reunion videos where a member of the military comes home to their dog and the dog is just THE happiest he’s ever been. I can’t help but cry at those because I’ve experienced that bond and that love!
The HEARTGARD® Plus (ivermectin/pyrantel) team and Warrior Canine Connection® (WCC) are joining forces to help bring the healing power of dogs to Service Members, Veterans and their families.
From now to June 30, the HEARTGARD® Plus (ivermectin/pyrantel) team is offering consumers nationwide the opportunity to nominate a deserving U.S. Service Member or Veteran to win an all-expense-paid trip to Nashville and a year’s supply of HEARTGARD Plus for their dog. Veterans can be nominated on heartgardians.com or via Twitter® or Instagram® by using the hashtags #NominateAVeteran and #Sweepstakes.
For every nomination, the HEARTGARD Plus team will donate $10 to WCC. The HEARTGARD Plus team will contribute up to $100,000 to WCC in 2017.
So, do you know a Service Member or Veteran who deserves a special vacation and special care for their dog? Then you should nominate them! People are always looking for ways to pay it forward and to give to those who deserve it, so here’s a great opportunity to do just that.
My family is full of U.S. Service Members and Veterans – I would be nominating all day long! I think we even cover every branch of the military. I could nominate my father-in-law and his pup, Ripley, for example! Dad served in the Army as an MP and has plenty of stories to share with us. At his last birthday dinner, he shared a few of those with us. The funny ones are the best. Dad was there before Ian and I were even married. When my mom passed away, Dad let me stay with them (I really had no place to live). He gave me a place to live and supported Ian and I as we became young parents. He probably doesn’t realize it, but I’m very thankful for everything he did.
When you start to look through your family tree, you can see just how many family members served, married someone who did, or gave birth to someone who did.
If you don’t have a family member who served, what about friends, coworkers and neighbors? Start looking at those people who have been there for you and helped you through something.
I know I have personally experienced the healing power of the human-animal bond. My dogs can sense sadness and know when I’m stressed or upset about something because they are always there, wanting to distract me and pet them. A cuddle with one of them is the perfect distraction, the perfect way to reset and relax.
Has your dog ever helped you and your family reconnect, or helped you through a tough time?
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