A veterinary clinic in Kentucky is collecting care packages for a group of soldiers in Afghanistan that often gets nothing in exchange for its unique service to our country: the canine corp.
This is Pewee Valley Veterinary Center's first time collecting care packages, or what they call "blessings in a box". They will send the boxes all the way to Afghanistan to a group of military soldiers who give everything but often get nothing for their service.
"I thought that there would be people doing this all over the world, but there really are not," says Carolyne Tilford with PeWee Valley Veterinary Clinic. "There's one other place doing this that we found anywhere."
The center's goal is to collect supplies for the military's forgotten heroes. Itâ??s often forgotten canine corps, which are posted on military bases world wide.
"Dogs have been used in the military since the Revolutionary War, and you know, they're forgotten a lot of times," says Tilford.
The public may not think of them, but their military comrades cannot do without them.
Since the terrorist attack on the world trade center on 9-11, the regular intake for the military canine forces has nearly doubled, and so has the need for more canine equipment.
"We really want to bless these dogs, and we want to change things for them," says Tilford As Dr. Manta Loster explains, they also want to bless them with good health and safe gear. To do that, they need monetary gifts.
As Dr. Manta Loster explains, they also want to bless them with good health and safe gear. To do that, they need monetary gifts.
The gear was requested by the military and included Kevlar dog booties to protect pads of the dogs' feet.
"Pads are tough to heal, and so infection can get in there and other things such as just plain damage to them, and then every time they walk it's very painful,â?? says Dr. Manta Loster with PeWee Valley Veterinary Clinic.
A soldier with injured feet cannot fight. In Afghanistan the temperature can reach 109. Such high temperatures can lead to a high chance of heat stroke, so the k-9 force needs cooling vests.
"The do not have sweat glands. The only place that any sweat glands are present are in their feet. Other than that, they get rid of heat through breathing," says Dr. Loster.
This gear will help keep our military war dogs safe, and our military war dogs will help keep our soldiers safe.
"One of the dogs we're sponsoring, it's his 9th round of service,â?? says Tilford.