Serious “Ask”

One of the struggles we have here at Spike’s K9 Fund is trying to convince Law Enforcement Agencies to protect their K9’s. We have advertised a fair amount on Social Media. We have cold-called various agencies in the US and it really comes down to getting in touch with the “right person” at a department. We don’t have the manpower or the budget to visit every department that uses K9’s to support their work in the communities that they serve. I am asking our followers to help us by contacting their local law enforcement agencies and that hasn’t gone particularly well because when people make contact with someone from the department, they are smiled at and head nodded and then never contacted. We have tried to understand the present culture we are in, where law enforcement units are plastered with negative press and are therefore suspect of any type of outreach because they are worried about the “liability” for the department. When I say liability, I mean the type of public opinion liability that they experience on a daily basis. We at Spike’s K9 Fund can’t really help with any public relations issues, we are here to advocate for and protect the K9’s who serve our communities.

We are familiar with all of the bureaucratic hoops that we occasionally have to “jump through” to satisfy municipal administrators and we get that there are “procedures in place” for accepting donations to a Police Department, but there has to be a way to streamline the process.

If any of you read this and happen to be a senior law enforcement officer or public official, could you please send us an email at spikesk9fund@gmail.com and give us a few tips? We really need to crack the code on this.

We are serious about protecting EVERY K9 that serves our nation in every community where they are used.

We need some help figuring out a better way to navigate the cumbersome and often problematic system that stands in the way of doing the right thing for these K9’s that we ask so much of.

Thank you in advance.


Relentless

MWD Misa

We have to be relentless. The Dogs we advocate for and protect, they are relentless. It is important for us to attempt to match their incredible K9 drive with human hard work and never-ending commitment. The Working Dogs who protect our communities and our nation don’t have a “union” or “OSHA” or any “Lobbyists” to represent them. It’s up to us, and other organizations like ours, to do our best to protect and care for these amazing Dogs.

There are roughly 25,000 working K9’s in the US and the US military. We’ve helped a small percentage of them and we need your help to get to the rest. Please share our website and Facebook page. Please familiarize yourself with our three campaigns. Please talk to your local law enforcement and let them know we are here and we can help provide their K9’s with ballistic protection and heat alarms and if needed, we can assist with medical expenses.

We need your help to accomplish this mission of ours. Please reach out to us if you need some help starting a fundraiser or if you need printed materials to distribute at your place of business or in your community.

Our email address is: spikesk9fund@gmail.com

Have a great week!


Repeat Assists

if you look at our social media accounts today, you will be re-introduced to K9 Gabe. Gabe is a search and rescue Dog in Texas, and he is a great example of what we call a “repeat customer.” Our supporters helped Gabe with some equipment, and now, again because of our supporters, we are helping him cover some significant medical issues.

Here is a photo of Gabe:

a screen-shot from my personal twitter account

It is always exciting for us to share the numbers of the K9’s we’ve helped, but that number doesn’t really tell the WHOLE story. Many of the Dogs that have been helped by our supporters have been helped more than once by their generosity.

Please keep this in mind when you reflect on the specific numbers of K9’s that your generosity has helped.

We are extremely proud of our accomplishment of helping over 1016 K9’s, and some of those more than once. We know that we can do this only because of your generosity and the love you share for these amazing animals who do so much for us by helping to protect our nation and the communities in it.

As a conclusion, I’m going to type in the “ASK” again. We need your help in several ways:

1-pass the word and share our mission and story

2-donate to one of our campaigns

3-purchase a table or tickets to our big formal NYC Fundraiser which will take place on 17 May 2020 at the World Trade Center in Manhattan.

Thanks and have a great week.


Politics, partisanship, and Dogs

I hope the title hooked you. I hope you were ready to read this and see if this post fits into whatever version of America you feel like best represents your political beliefs.

Sorry to disappoint, this has nothing to do and everything to do with politics.

Regardless of what happens in the impeachment hearing in the US Senate, or the primaries in Iowa, there are still working Dogs out patrolling the communities of our nation in order to help keep us safe. Regardless of what your favorite news channel is telling you about your most detested or most liked political celebrity, working Dogs are out serving with the US Military in all of the places they are needed. Those Dogs don’t care what your or my political affiliation is, they care about their humans and their pack and their jobs.

It is Spike’s K9 Fund’s mission to help those Dogs in all of the things we ask of them. We are here to advocate for those working Dogs and we appreciate your help.

So while the airwaves and interwebs are pulsing with hot-buttered political froth for your ingestion, take a moment and think about the Dogs and people who are keeping the “wheels on the bus” of our nation.

They deserve our support and generosity. They aren’t democrats or republicans. They are Dogs and they are a gift to us and our communities.

Business time.

Get SOME!

Well, we are off to a great start!

We’ve helped 19 K9’s so far this year at a total investment of over $37,000.00

Thank you Spike’s Pack! Because of you, we are off to a good start but our goals are very high. We need your support! We need you to do a couple of very specific things to help us help these amazing K9’s.

1- Share our mission with your friends and families and social media contacts.

2- Help us find K9’s to help and donors who are keen to support our mission.

We are a small organization and we have some great volunteers, but not enough to get our mission out to all who can help us succeed.

Mina wants you to know that she’s out there working hard as well.

Help the Hairmissiles!

Have a great week and don’t forget about the big event in NYC in May!


2020 Goal

After some deliberation, Emily, Annemarie, and Paige (I call them the “Furies” from my reading last semester) decided that we need to seriously up our game this year.

Thus, our official goal for 2020 is to help 500 K9’s.

This is a big jump, but we most certainly have it in us to make it happen. I feel confident because of the responses we receive on the regular from our “Spike’s Pack.”

Another reason I’m confident about our goal is this:

CWD Caras

This was one of the first Dogs we helped. His name was Caras and he was a DOD contract working dog (CWD) who served 9 straight years in Afghanistan. He went through several handlers who went home, but he stayed in Afghanistan and when he came home, he had a spinal injury and needed help. We were just getting started and didn’t have much in the way of funds, but we clawed and scratched and worked and we were able to help him. It taught me that having our hearts solidly invested in something is the only real way to be effective.

My life was saved by working Dogs. Many of my buddies were saved as well. Many first responders go home to their families at night because of these amazing animals. Many lost children and elderly humans survive being lost in the woods at night, in the cold, because a Dog found them.

We must protect and care for these Dogs. We want to be their advocate. Their voice. We want to be there during and after their working lives.

Please step up your game and help us reach our goal. We will need a lot of help. We will need people to share our mission on social media and talk to their local law enforcement folks and let them know we are out here for them.

We need help identifying the true search and rescue K9 teams out there that need assistance.

If you can make a small or large donation, that is how we accomplish our mission, so thanks in advance. Shop our store, put a sticker on your car, let people know what we have done and what we aim to do.

Every single Dog that goes to work in, and for our nation, needs to be outfitted for success, safety, and efficiency. They deserve medical care and kindness throughout their lives.

Help us help them.

#spikespack


K9’s working

Hello, Spike’s Pack!

I hope this blog post finds you and yours having a happy and healthy 2020.

As we begin another trip around the sun, I want to remind everyone that we are still here and we are here because the K9’s that we advocate for are still at work, 24/7, all around the world.

“K9 Peet”

This image was sent to us recently from Afghanistan. K9 Peet is out and about, supporting US Special Operations Forces who are working on behalf of us. K9 Peet was provided equipment for his deployment, by you, the Spike’s Pack.

We have quite a few more K9’s that need our support and we will be working hard to advocate and provide for all of them.

We have been successful thus far because of the strong support and hard work of our volunteers and 4 employees. Emily, Annemarie, Paige, and Dave work very hard to keep our tiny little organization operating smoothly and efficiently. We are small and that means we need help. We need help passing the word about what we provide for the K9’s and we need help raising funds to execute on our 3 campaigns.

We have a HUGE fundraiser coming up on 17 May 2020. You can read about it and register and purchase tickets here.

We have a lot of work to do in 2020. We are very grateful for the kindness, generosity and moral support we’ve received so far.

Here’s to a successful 2020.

🙏🏼🇺🇸🙏🏼


Spike 1000

Today is the anniversary of the death of Spike. Spike was killed in Iraq in 2006. He was killed in a “shoot-through.” I sent him to bite an enemy and the enemy fought Spike and took him to the ground. I fired some rounds into the human and one of them went through the human into Spike, killing him.

Spike was an exceptional Dog. He carried me through a couple of deployments. His drive and strength are qualities I try to instill in and replicate with our organization. Spike weighed 62 lbs. He was not a big dog. He was ferocious when he needed to be and his drive was off the charts.

Yesterday Emily sent me the news that we successfully achieved our 2019 goal, which was to have helped 1000 working Dogs. Here is a photo of the 1000th K9 helped by you, our supporters, in Spike’s name:

“K9 Csuti”

The sadness associated with the memory of Spike’s loss is tempered by the work you, our “Spike’s Pack” have done in his name.

So, today I will head out and do the “Spike’s Sprint” and while doing it, I will reflect on the amazing things Spike and the other Dogs who serve our communities and nation, accomplish on a daily basis.

Thank you for your kindness and generosity.

I am grateful to be a part of this action organization that advocates in real ways, for these amazing K9’s.


Work

Hello, Spike’s Pack.

I want to talk to you about hard work. It is how things get done. We have a small team here at Spike’s and they work hard. Nobody works harder than Emily. Emily is coming up on her fourth year at Spike’s work anniversary soon.

Let me throw out a couple of metrics here.

1- We have 2 full-time employees. Me and Emily.

2- We have 3 part-time employees. Annemarie, Dave, and Paige.

3- I am essentially useless at this point because of my work with the school, so the day to day details of the mission are solely in the hands of Emily.

4- Emily runs an organization that has helped close to 1000 K9’s and has raised over $3,000,000.00. She is in charge of the funds, the social media, the public relations, the budget, the store, donor relations, and all of the planning for future events. Including the 2020 Spike’s Soirée.

She does all of these things while having 3 Dogs, and a spouse in the military who has deployed a couple of times while she has been handling things for Spike’s. Emily’s husband will deploy again in the not distant future. She is an amazing human being who has a heart the size of West Virginia, where she hails from. She is the most positive and hardest working person I know. On top of taking care of Spike’s K9 Fund, she also volunteers at the Norfolk Animal Care Center.

If you have the chance, please send Emily some love. She works so hard and is so invested in the work, that I don’t think she stops to reflect on how much good she has done. She makes the people around her (especially me) better. She is tough and kind and extremely motivated.

I am grateful that she is responsible for the reins of this organization while I try to become better educated. Thank you so much, Emily.

Happy Spike’s anniversary “amazing Emily.”


Grateful

Hey Spike’s Pack!

This week’s blog post will be a short one. I want to tell all of you “thanks” for helping us with our mission. We are down to the last 3 weeks of 2019 and we need to help about 15 more K9’s to reach our goal of 1000 k9’s helped this year. If you know of any working Dogs who need help, please send them our way!

I’ll send you off with this video I took today of my Service Dog “Mina” taking a break from me studying at the Sterling Memorial Library, to do a little work on her own. I hide her toy, in this case, her shark, and then ask her to find it. It’s located here:

I hope you have a great week. I will be studying for and taking finals.

Be well!