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Complete Parachute Solutions – K9 Jump Mannequin

Thursday, August 3rd, 2023

One of the things you learn is that rehearsals are critical to mission success. That’s why parachutists jump regularly and divers make scheduled dives.

The use of K9s for search, scouting and attack purposes means that they’ve got to get to the fight just like their handlers and sometimes that means an MFF insertion. But, to make sure that the handler and K9 survive the jump, it’s imperative to train. It’s also much lower risk for the handler if the actual dog isn’t on training jumps.

Complete Parachute Solutions has developed a K9 jump mannequin to prepare handler parachutists for jumps with their K9 companion. Use of a mannequin doesn’t expose the K9’s limbs to high altitude cold or injury during landings.

The mannequin simulates the size and build of a Malinois Or Shepherd in the “crouch” Or down position. It weighs At 62 lbs (28 kg) and features a permanently affixed K9 harness. The harness is also available separately.


Aspetto x Gunner Kennel Tactical Crossover

Monday, July 24th, 2023

From Tech to Tactical, Aspetto’s capabilities are endless. The Information Technology Services and Tactical Solutions provider is expanding upon their partnership with Gunner Kennels. The technical properties of the known hunting brand will push the capabilities of global K9 handlers and their MWD wingmen, with all necessary protection.

Among other K9 offerings, Aspetto can outfit entire K9 teams with every solution necessary – the proverbial “one-stop-shop”.

The double-walled GUNNER Kennel line boasts the highest crash-test safety rating of any other kennel. The GUNNER testimonials prove their passengers’ survival rate; with customizable sizes, your K9 can be guaranteed a good fit. In addition, the accessories assure the utmost comfort for your dog. You can add a bar-mount fan, water dish, bite guards, weather shields, and different comfort pads based on what you need. Getting a laser-engraved nameplate for your dog is the cherry on top.

Aspetto wants you and your wingman to be as comfortable and safe as possible. See for yourself and the nearly 40,000 products available to your unit as they align with the best brands out there; all at Aspetto’s GSA Catalog!

Project K9 Hero Blackjack Run

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023

As anyone who has deployed or served as a first responder knows, these Dogs don’t get the recognition they deserve after serving in combat zones or in their communities. The Slaughter Pen Virginia Chapter of the Wingmen Motorcycle Club is supporting K-9 Dax, formerly from the 1st Ranger Battalion as our goal. These K-9s have saved the lives of America’s Elite Warriors and First Responders.

Please help save theirs.

The points of contact for this efforts are:

Doc Kip at email dockipnsdq@gmail.com, phone (912) 655-9569 or Robo at phone (706) 429-6104.

Pepper’s Donation Drop – 2022 Toy Drive

Sunday, November 13th, 2022

You may recognize Pepper and her handler Justin Melnick from the hit CBS series “SEAL Team”. Pepper is raising funds for working K9s via Military Working Dog Team Support Association, Inc an all-volunteer 501(c)3 charity.

Here’s Pepper’s pitch….”If you donate $18 to MWDTSA, you will be purchasing the ‘Magnum Black Stars and Stripes’ rope toy from USA-K9 by SodaPup pictured on the right. It’s made from extra sturdy rubber so teeth like mine can’t bite through it. As an added bonus, from November 1 through December 15, 2022, USA-K9 by SodaPup will match your tax-deductible donation with TWO additional toys. That’s right, you’re purchasing three toys for the price of one. Thank you!”

Once the fundraising drive is over, MWDTSA will send the toys to working dogs.

Donate here.

Aspetto, Inc Also Catering To K9s

Monday, October 31st, 2022

We’ve always had you covered from head-to-toe at Aspetto with everything from gear, ballistics, and other wearable tech. Now, we do the same for your K9 unit. Aspetto is proudly partnering with state-of-the-art canine companies such as Recon K9 (known for creating unique and specialized gear for dogs) as well as GUNNER kennels.

CEO Joe Graves gladly linked up with Aspetto EXCLUSIVELY this year to offer GUNNER Kennels through their GSA schedule (GS-07F-146GA). “We’re thrilled to be able to bring America’s safest kennel to our military members and first responders on such a large scale.” This means Aspetto can outfit entire K9 teams with every solution necessary – the proverbial “one-stop-shop”.

The double-walled GUNNER Kennel line boasts the highest crash-test safety rating out of any other kennel. The GUNNER testimonials prove the survival rate of their passengers; and with customizable sizes, your K9 can be guaranteed a good fit. In addition, the accessories assure the utmost comfort for your dog. You can add a bar-mount fan, water dish, bite guards, weather shields, and different comfort pads based on what you need. Being able to get a laser-engraved name plate for your dog is the cherry on top.

Just like both GUNNER and Recon K9, Aspetto also wants to see your furry Co-Pilot be as comfortable and safe as possible. See for yourself the nearly 30,000 products available to your unit and outfit yourselves with the best brands on the block at Aspetto’s GSA Catalog!

Services Charity Veterans With Dogs introduces Assistance Dog “Ferris” to the Defence Industry at DVD

Friday, September 9th, 2022

The services charity Veterans With Dogs is introducing their example assistance dog “Ferris” to the UK defence industry at the DVD 2022 Exhibition, taking place at Millbrook, 21/22 September. Ferris will be joined by his Army veteran owner, Bryan Maddams – himself a seasoned member of the defence industry having worked for General Dynamics, and Ultra Electronics on some major programmes such as Ajax, Warrior CSP and CR2 LEP. Bryan and Ferris are attending DVD to raise awareness of Veterans With Dogs across the industry with the aim of generating support and funds, through donations.

Veterans With Dogs is the UK’s leading organisation that trains and provides assistance dogs exclusively for current and former British Armed Forces service personnel diagnosed with a mental health condition, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – a prevalent condition in post-Afghanistan veterans. The charity uses a unique PALS (Partner Animals Life Skills) training programme which combines home support and residential courses, with annual assessments thereafter to maintain the fully accredited assistance dog status. The dogs that undergo this training are always ‘on shift’, providing the veteran with 24/7, 365 days of assistance. They not only change the lives of the veterans – in some cases, they save them too.

At the DVD event, Veterans With Dogs is being supported by the defence industry focussed PR company, Chamois. Chamois are providing PR support to the charity, free of charge. The Chamois team will be helping Bryan and Ferris achieve maximum exposure throughout the event using their media contacts and through a targeted social media campaign.

Bryan Maddams, a volunteer Fundraiser for Veterans With Dogs said: “Ferris and I are very much looking forward to attending DVD. We’ll be on the ground for both event days meeting as many people as possible with the aim of raising awareness of and support for our charity. I’m also looking forward to seeing many of my own industry contacts as we walk around together”.

Jamie Clarke, CEO at Chamois said: “I’m delighted to be helping Bryan, Ferris and Veterans With Dogs at DVD this year. As a veteran and a dog owner myself, I can associate with this charity and having spent time understanding more about what they do, I believe it’s a charity that deserves support from across our fantastic UK defence industry. The work we’re doing will hopefully assist in generating further support”.

Window World Awards American Humane With a $20,000 Pups4Patriots Grant

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2022

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, August 22, 2022 — American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization and the world’s largest certifier of animal welfare practices, today announced that Window World, America’s exterior remodeler with over 200 franchisees across the country, awarded them a $20,000 grant in support of its Pups4Patriots™ program. Pups4Patriots provides free, specially trained service dogs, including rescues, to veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress or traumatic brain injury.

“Our Pups4Patriots program has saved countless lives by putting healing leashes into the hands of veterans in need across the country,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, American Humane President, and CEO. “Our mission wouldn’t be possible without the generous help of companies like Window World, whose charitable grant will help us continue the lifesaving work of gifting brave veterans with the best medicine – unconditional love and support from the new furry best friends they so richly deserve.”

Proceeds from the grant supported the pairing of U.S. military veteran Bobby with his new service dog, Kai. The pair were formally introduced as graduates of the program by American Humane at a Window World Family Reunion event in Phoenix early this month. 

“Window World and its franchisees understand the importance of giving back. We’ve been blessed with our success and have always been proud to share with those in need. With this conviction in mind, Window World is committed to doing everything we can to remind veterans that they are appreciated and supported at home,” said Tammy Whitworth, CEO, and Chairman of Window World.

To date, American Humane has provided service dogs and training to more than 200 veterans across the country.

“We are truly grateful for Window World’s dedication to helping our veterans manage the invisible wounds of war,” Dr. Ganzert said. “With their benevolent grant, we have been able to help put a healing leash in the hands of another veteran who will go on to live their life to the fullest.”

Service dogs are an invaluable asset to veterans who have sustained trauma, but there are significant obstacles to receiving one. Properly training a dog to perform their needed tasks and remain calm and focused in public areas can be expensive and time-consuming. Even when the cost isn’t an obstacle, wait times can still be prohibitively long as veterans navigate red tape.

Through the Pups4Patriot program, American Humane provides service dogs to veterans at no charge to them in both a timely and efficient manner.

“My dog helps me feel more secure since I have somebody right there with me that will help me during the days,” Air Force veteran and recent Pups4Patriots graduate Karen said. “They’re a companion. I can go out and not stay in the house because I used to do that a lot.”

Jamie McBride, Window World Military Initiative Director, and Window World Board Member, stated, “As an American company with patriotic aims, we’re honored to serve our veteran and military communities through the Window World Military Initiative. By forming partnerships with organizations such as American Humane, we can provide lifesaving service dogs to veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress. This is just the beginning.”

The Pups4Patriots program is made possible through the generous support of donors. To learn more, and help fund more stories like these, visit www.AmericanHumane.org.

Ultra Sponsors American Humane’s lifesaving Pups4Patriots Program

Tuesday, August 16th, 2022

American Humane and Ultra team up to put a second healing leash into the hands of a veteran in need

WASHINGTON, DC, August 15, 2022 – American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization and the world’s largest certifier of animal welfare practices, today announced that Ultra provided a grant in support of American Humane’s Pups4Patriots™ program, helping to put a healing leash into the hands of a veteran in need. The Pups4Patriots program finds dogs in search of forever homes and trains them to be lifesaving service dogs for veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress or Traumatic Brain Injury. Ultra sponsored the training of Tony, a U.S. Army veteran, and his service dog, Ringo. This is the second pairing Ultra has funded.

“For many brave members of our nation’s armed forces, coming home as a civilian is only the beginning of another daunting battle,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane. “Service dogs are an invaluable asset to veterans with trauma, but tragically, there are many obstacles standing in the way of veterans in need of service dogs including long waiting lists and exorbitant costs. This generous gift from Ultra will tangibly change the life of a veteran through the healing power of the human-animal bond.”

The invisible wounds of war, including PTS and TBI, can cause debilitating symptoms in veterans, leading to depression, social isolation and, far too often, suicide. Research shows that specially trained PTS service dogs can reduce stress and anxiety levels, mitigate depression, ease social reintegration, provide comfort and restore confidence in affected veterans. However, properly training a dog so they perform their needed tasks and remain calm and focused in public areas can be both expensive and time-consuming, prices reaching upwards of $30,000 per service dog.

American Humane offers exceptionally trained service dogs to veterans in need, at no cost to the veteran, and oversees intensive hands-on training sessions to cultivate the important connection between the veteran and his or her new service dog. American Humane has provided service dogs and training to more than 200 veterans across the country, with the support of donors.

“Ultra is proud to sponsor American Humane’s Pups4Patriots program” said Lori Thompson, Ultra’s Senior Vice President of Strategy Business Development and Marketing. “Across Ultra we strive every day to keep our soldiers from harm, we consider it an honor to be able to directly contribute to the health and wellbeing of one of our veterans. It is a great reward for us to see Tony and Ringo matched!”

Tony, a recent Pups4Patrios graduate, served in the U.S. Army from 2001 to 2014 as a vehicle mechanic and a Black Hawk pilot. He lives in Oklahoma and is paired with Ringo, a miniature Australian Shepherd. Ultra’s grant covered the cost of their training.

“My partnership with Ringo has touched my life in ways I’m not sure I can even put to words,” said Tony. “Ringo has brought a level of social ease back to my life I wasn’t sure I would have again. Having him with me draws people to me, but also causes others to keep their distance and respect my personal space… Ringo’s companionship has helped sustain me through extremely trying emotional times and kept me from falling into depression. I can’t express my gratitude enough.”

Tony and Ringo are the second pairing Ultra has sponsored. In 2021, Ultra funded the training of Shawn, a U.S. Army veteran, and his service dog, Rainier.

American Humane has been first to serve with the U.S. military for more than a century and is committed to harnessing the power of the human-animal bond to put more healing leashes into the hands of veterans in need. To learn more about our military programs, visit www.AmericanHumane.org/Military.