A Deployed Army Nurse Needs a Foster Home For Her Dog. Please Help~!

UPDATE: 6/9/13 It is with great sadness that Megan was told that Diesel has died. He was struck by a car and underwent surgery but he did not survive. Rest In Peace Diesel.

UPDATE:  2/7/13  Diesel is home with his Army Nurse Owner!  Diesel’s owner came home early from her deployment and I am pleased to announce that Diesel is back at home with her.  He never did leave Megan’s good care and it was a bitter sweet parting. Here are Megan and Diesel on KUSI news in San Diego just prior to his departure. Everyone at the dog park miss Diesel but we are happy that he’s home.

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To close this chapter I’d like to recommend Megan.  She’s helped train Scout and is a wonderful dog trainer.  Check her out at www.theMannerlyMutt.com Thank you to all that helped to try to find Diesel an interim home.

UPDATE:  A Producer from KUSI News in San Diego saw this blog post and invited Megan and Diesel on the local news this morning.  Diesel (and Megan) were on their best behavior.  Below is a clip of that interview.  As of now, Diesel still needs a home.  As you can see he is a sweet, well mannered dog.  There are also photos of the Army Nurse and her adorable baby.  Let’s get this done, for her:

Diesel is a male boxer and is a year and 8 months old, and weighs about 70 lbs. He has an owner who is a single mom and is a nurse in the Army. She is currently deployed in Afghanistan. Her toddler-aged son is with her parents but they could not take Diesel. The owner will be returning in about 10 months. Diesel is her baby and she really cares about him. He gets along great with cats and kids, and also gets along great with most dogs but can be a bit too bouncy and energetic for some. He is very people-oriented, loves to play fetch, and he is potty trained and knows basic commands. Overall he has good manners and does not jump up, get into trash, or grab food off counters.  He is neutered.   He is smart and learns new things quickly. Daily play and running will be needed as he has a lot of energy. He walks great on leash without pulling and has also been doing “urban mushing” pulling a bike. Diesel has been with my friend Megan for  over 6 months but she must find him a new foster home preferably in the  San Diego area for the remainder of his owner’s deployment.  (Preferably San Diego but will consider elsewhere in Southern California).  The foster organization will cover expenses. To fill out an application, visit https://www.netpets.org/netp/fosterhome.php.   The very last box says “Personal information and comments” and there you should indicate you are interested in  ” Diesel, D0190428*2a112 ”  Finally, please contact his current foster mom at : meg.lundberg@gmail.com so she can ensure the foster entity is aware.  As you can see, they have no social media and are not really helping Megan find a new foster for Diesel.

Diesel is currently being fostered by my friend and Scout’s trainer Megan.  Megan is a military wife and has just started her own business and can no longer take care of Diesel due to time constraints.  She has had him for about 6 months and has done a great job training him.   Scout and Diesel play together on a regular basis.  I can attest to the fact that he is a nice dog and Megan has done a wonderful job with him.

Please help me help Megan help this deployed service member.  Freedom is not free.  Thank you all!

If you have any questions or if I can facilitate this in any way please tweet me at @hipEchik

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A Promise Kept. Gizmo has a home!

July 28,2011

I’ve been meaning to post about this for a while.  Many of you helped in the search for a home for Gizmo so you ought to know the outcome.  Sadly, the veteran died before a home was found for his beloved Gizmo but I know he knew how much interest there was in Gizmo.  Hopefully he passed with the knowledge that Gizmo would be placed suitably.  What are the odds that another veteran who had just lost his dog ALSO named Gizmo would hear of this story and step up?  I’m not an oddsmaker but as detailed below, this is exactly what happened.

Again, thank you to all that helped in the quest to find a home for Gizmo.  Thanks to Pets for Patriots for all you do.  Thanks to Mr. and Mr. Peterman for taking Gizmo.  Thanks to social media for getting this story far and wide and a special thanks for my friend Michelle who not only brought this to my attention but went the extra mile in her efforts to help “Mr. Smith”.  May he rest in peace and may Gizmo live a long and happy dog’s life!

Jul 05, 2011

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Lyman Peterman and Gizmo

By Beth Zimmerman, Pets for Patriots

A few weeks ago we were asked to help an elderly, dying Korean War veteran find a home for his dog, Gizmo. In spite of our efforts and those of many people across the country, this hero died before his wish could be fulfilled. But fate was about to play an unlikely hand in the tale of Gizmo, a pint–sized Shih Tzu with a Great Dane–sized spirit and a love for life.

Word spread like wildfire, fueled by the urgency of the veteran’s grave condition and the prospect of his pooch being suddenly without a home or anyone to care for him. Scores of people from across the country offered to give Gizmo a new life, each with a compelling story of their own. One was the daughter of another San Diego area veteran, whose appeal was so personal and touching — and so perfect — that we had a feeling that this was “it.”

We forwarded the information to Nick Winfrey at Rancho Coastal Humane Society in Encinitas, as we did with all potential adopters who contacted us. Nick is a Marine veteran who now dedicates himself to helping the countless homeless dogs and cats that find their way to Rancho Coastal; the organization is one of our charity’s outstanding shelter partners in California. Nick and I spoke about this one, very special adoption candidate. He agreed; this definitely felt like “the one.”

The woman who wrote to us is the daughter of Lyman “Tim” Peterman, a WWII veteran who will be 90 years young this month. Earlier in June, Tim lost his 15 year-old Shih Tzu dog whose name happened to be — Gizmo! Tim took daily walks with his Gizmo, and was completely bereft when the dog died after a long illness.

We wondered: was it possible that one veteran — who died, leaving his Gizmo unexpectedly homeless — could give renewed purpose to another veteran whose own Gizmo had just died?

Tim applied and was accepted as a member Patriot of our program, which entitles him to ongoing, reduced cost veterinary care and other benefits, such as direct financial support to make pet food and other basics more affordable. At nearly 90, Tim is the most senior member of our program, besting an 88 year-old Marine veteran who lives in Florida with her honorably adopted dog, Laddie. We’re proud to bring the unconditional love and joy of companion pet ownership to veterans and service members of any age, from all armed forces and from any stage of their military lives.

On June 30, Tim went to Rancho Coastal Humane Society, with his wife and daughter by his side, and honorably adopted his new Gizmo as three network television stations filmed the event. He met Chyba, a retired military K9 whose likeness graces Rancho Coastal’s Military Working Dog memorial — the first in San Diego and the only private such memorial west of the Mississippi. Speaking as one veteran to another, Tim thanked Chyba for her service.

And if all of this seems like just a sweet little pet tale, think again. Tim told his crowd of newfound admirers that this was the happiest day of his life since he was serving in the Army in Berlin, and the town crier announced that the war was over. We hear there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

Today, a veteran is smiling from his heavenly perch, at peace in the knowledge that his beloved little Gizmo is bringing joy to a brother in arms.

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About Pets for Patriots
Pets for Patriots, Inc., is a registered 501(c)(3) charity that helps service and veteran members of the United States military honorably adopt adult and at-risk shelter pets. Its mission is to consistently give the gifts of fidelity, joy and companionship to both pet and person.  Pets for Patriots is one of the only organizations in the country dedicated to both homeless pets and military personnel at any stage of their careers and from all armed forces. The charity is a proud member of the Army AW2 Wounded Warrior Program national community support network, a national partner of the Real Warriors Campaign and is listed by the National Resource Directory for ill and wounded veterans. Visit Pets for Patriots online today and Be A Pet’s Hero(TM).

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Help! A Soldier Needs a Guardian Angel for her pets!

July 28th, 2011 update :  Shortly after this post and as a direct result of social media we found the kitty’s a home.  Thank you to all that assisted in this effort!

Anyone who knows me, knows that I will do most anything for our troops and veterans.  This though, I cannot do and am asking for your help.  I must admit, I never considered what happens when a single, deployed troop member has a pet or, in this case pets.   Enter Amelia, (or @gadsdenista on twitter) who has been tweeting about this incessantly for a while now.   Amelia is one of my newer twitter friends with a lot going on in her life but she took these kittens out of necessity when their owner’s plans fell through.  She can no longer keep them and, well, she’s a writer. I will let Amelia tell you the story:

When our service members are deployed, they’re frequently unable to find a temporary home for their pets and are forced to leave them with an animal shelter. Guardian Angel For Soldier’s Pet is a nonprofit organization created to help find foster homes for these pets so that service members may be reunited with them upon their return.

Right now, Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet is looking for a home for Abraham and Sarah, two young cats in the Denver area. Sarah and Abraham’s human is already deployed, and the arrangements she had made for the cats fell through. They are very sweet, well-behaved cats, who can usually be found purring in their temporary foster mom’s lap, napping, or playing with each other. If you or someone you know can give Abraham and Sarah a nice place to live for the next 9-12 months, please contact Amelia Hamilton at gasp.communications.co@gmail.com. We need to find them a new home by next Wednesday if at all possible.

This group places pets all around America for varying lengths of time. We need volunteers not only for foster homes, but also to help with administrative work, communications and many other roles.  If you cannot take these kitties but would like to help, please see www.guardianangelsforsoldierspet.org

If  you or someone you know can foster these adorable kittens, please email Amelia at the above address, or tweet or dm either Amelia @gadsdenista or me @hipEchik .  As Amelia says, time is of the essence. Thank you, God bless, and may He  watch over our brave men and women.   I am confident we can find a foster family for these adorable cats!  Let’s Do This!!

Sarah
Abraham




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