Are we entertainment or are we a game-changer organization?

We spend a lot of time and $ on our social media networks.  We do it because we believe it is important to show our donors the good that their donations are doing and to encourage others to step up and help us with our mission.

 

Over the last several months, I think it (facebook/instagram) has actually become more of a source of entertainment than a tool to motivate people to donate to our mission.

 

With that in mind, I’d like to discuss the 3 “Campaigns” that make up our mission.

 

1- The K9 Krijger Ballistic Vest Campaign.

K9 Krijger was a heroic Norfolk Police Department K9 that was killed while apprehending a domestic violence suspect. We believe had he been wearing a ballistic vest, he’d have lived.  We’ve provided over 475 of these custom made vests for K9 Officers all over the country. All of these Vests are embroidered with K9 Krijger’s service # to keep his memory alive.  “K-148”

 

2- The Combat Dog Diesel medical assistance Campaign.

 

Combat Dog Diesel deployed to combat zones 8 times with special operations forces.  He was shot by the enemy on his 6th deployment and like many of his human counterparts, he rehabbed and re-deployed.  After he retired, he needed medial treatment that his adopted family could not afford.  Our donors enabled these treatments to happen.  He was able to live out his retirement in comfort.  We’ve done this for other military K9’s as well as many active and retired Police Department K9’s.

 

3- K9 Piper Kit Campaign.

Piper was an “Airport K9” who kept birds away from the airport, keeping airliners safe.  There are many working K9’s who play different roles in supporting their human communities.  Search and Rescue Dogs, Airport K9’s, Accelerant detection K9’s for arson investigators and the list goes on.  These K9’s are mostly funded by their handlers.  When they need equipment to make them safer and more effective, Spike’s K9 Fund steps up to help them.

 

We have long lists of K9’s waiting for help in each of these 3 campaigns.  We need your help spreading the word and raising $ to assist these K9’s.  We have over 144k followers on our facebook page.  If half of them donated $1.00 we’d be able to help all of the K9’s presently waiting for assistance from us.

 

Please enjoy the videos and photos, but always remember that we have a mission here.  The mission is to take care of Working Dogs.  Please consider making a donation or visiting our store and make a purchase to support our efforts.

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Merry Christmas+Thank you

Earlier this year I was able to speak to the squadron of fliers who saved my ass the night I was wounded.  It was pretty emotional.  I was fortunate to actually meet 4 of the crew that were on the bird that came into medevac (medical evacuation) me out of a nasty firefight.

Today I received a message from the wife one of them and her family.  They included this pic:

It made me think about how lucky we are to live in this country and to be able to share these freedoms that people like this family provide.

They sent me this pic to show their support for Spike’s, and I appreciate it.  It is important for everyone to know that were it not for this family, and other families like them, there would be no Spike’s.

I get a lot of joy and satisfaction out of the things we do as an organization.  We exist and accomplish goals because of so many different people.

Sometimes it is overwhelming to experience the outpouring of love and support that comes with just “helping a few Dogs.”

On this Christmas, I hope you and yours are happy and warm and feeling love.  I sure am.

I’m grateful for the many humans and Dogs that have touched my life in ways I sometimes only realize slowly and over time.

To the family in this picture, a family still personally invested in keeping our nation free, I say thank you.

Thank you for risking it all to serve us.

Thank you for supporting Spike’s K9 Fund from before it’s inception til today.

I love you guys and am proud to call you friends.

Merry Christmas everyone.

 


500

 

At the beginning of 2017, I set a goal to have helped 500 K9’s by the end of the year.  We are closing in on both the goal of 500 and the end of the year.  We need your help.

When this picture of me and Spike was taken back in 2006, I would have never guessed what the future would hold.  Spike protected me and gave his life doing so.  Spike served this nation well and because of him and other K9’s like him, I do not take a single day for granted.

There are 47 days til the end of 2017.  We have helped 437 K9’s as of today.  Please help us meet our goal by passing the word on what we are doing to those who need our help and to those who can provide us with the resources we need to make this goal happen.

Share our story, or webpage facebook or instagram.  Talk to your local law enforcement agencies and see if they need assistance.  Seek out the Search and Rescue K9 teams in your community and let them know we are here to help them.

I am extremely grateful to those of you who are “repeat donors” and for those of you who support us in a multitude of ways.

Let’s help some “Hairmissiles.”

 

 

 


Saturday in America

Last weekend, on Saturday, 11 February 2017 a group of roughly 150 people got together to build stout K9 Houses for the Norfolk Police Department.

It was an amazing display of the real America, the one where people who work their butts off all week still make time to do something for their community on a Saturday.

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“Thomek”

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Today we had to let a member of our family go.  Thomek was a SOCOM K9, then an Indianapolis Police K9.    After my leg was damaged, I didn’t feel capable of protecting my home and family and because Thomek had cancer, he could no longer work.

So the two of us helped each other out.

I don’t really know how to write words that can describe the feeling of love that I shared with that Dog.

He will be sorely, and I do mean sorely missed.

I love that Dog.

RIP Thomek.


K9 Krijger

On 1-11-16, K9 Krijger was shot and killed in the line of duty. K9 Krijger was shot with two bullets.

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Today we mourn his loss and our kindest regards go out to his handler, his handler’s family, his Police Department and his City.

After K9 Krijger was killed, we were compelled to start the “K9 Krijger Vest Campaign.”

Because of some incredibly generous people, we were able to outfit every single patrol K9 in our area (60+ K9’s) with ballistic protection.

The K9 Krijger Campaign is a national campaign and to date, we have, because of our donors, provided 130+ K9 Storm custom ballistic swat vests with the Spike’s K9 Fund add-ons, to K9’s all over the USA.

Each ballistic vest we provide, has been embroidered with K9 Krijger’s service #, K-148

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K9 Kriger will not be forgotten.

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“Vest Fest”

In between reports of lies and other offensive jackassery in the political season, a bunch of good Americans gathered at a small grassy spot in the great American city of Cincinnati, Ohio to celebrate goodness.  This past weekend, we held our first “Vest-Fest” event.  Our Midwestern Director and all around “volunteer ninja,” Jill Cutter, with the help of Jason “The Wolf” Lewis, set up a great event to recognize the donors and recipients of K9 ballistic vests in Cincinnati and it’s surrounding counties.  It was a rare occasion. We had over 8 working K9’s in attendance.  We had some of our family and corporate donors in attendance.  We had the band Ithika play some great music.  We had prizes and games and swag sales and food and drinks and a great time.  Here is a small video of the event put together by Ryan D’Souza. It was a refreshing affirmation of the goodness in our country.  Police Officers and their K9’s, who have crazy duty schedules made time to be with us.  Donors flew in from Massachusettes and drove in from all over the state of Ohio and elsewhere. It was a great time and left me feeling extremely grateful to be an American.  The generosity and kindness of the donors and volunteers, and the sacrifice of our first responders, both human and K9, provided a moving tribute to the nation we call home.  

Thank you!

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300 Miles- Thank You

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Ashley Horner

Ashley rowed 300 miles to raise funds for us to help the Virginia State Police K9’s.  It took her a week doing over 45 a day. Yes, 45 miles or more per day.

She did this while being a business owner, a mother, and wife.

She held an event; “Camp Valor” at her gym, American Sled Dogs to cap off the week’s efforts.

She hosted us and invited local law enforcement K9’s to do a demonstration for her loyal crew of supporters and athletes.

Ashley Horner is an incredible human.

We are grateful to her and her crew.  Please check them out on Facebook and Instagram.


Cincinnati K9’s equipped!

Thanks to your generosity, we achieved our goal of getting the Cincinnati Police K9 unit outfitted with the proper equipment.  We, with the help of our donors, purchased 12 custom-fit K9 Storm ballistic SWAT vests for the K9’s who are exposed to violent encounters.  We also purchased 6 K9 Storm tracking harness’ for the remaining K9’s who do not do patrol work._MG_4307

This is no small thing, but we will not be resting on our laurels.  We will continue to help K9’s in the surrounding counties and K9’s from other areas as we can.

This is our mission, and because of the generosity of some very kind people, we have achieved another minor milestone. _MG_4264

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One of my favorite sayings is: “After all was said and done, more was said, than done.”

So I’m going to keep this short.

Thank you.

Lean in friends, we have a lot more work to do.

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