On the 22nd of April, 2016, we here at Spike’s K9 Fund were able to hand out 35 Ballistic Tactical K9 Vests to multiple police departments in our area. Watching these K9’s leave with some serious protection was one of the best feelings I’ve ever experienced. Check out some of the local coverage here and here.
The best part about this experience is that none of this would be possible without the involvement of many, many people. From those who donated, including Mr. Anderson Cooper, who made a very significant donation, to the owners of Bold Mariner Brewing Company, which hosted the event, and the seriously committed volunteers who helped set up, sell swag, take photos, clean up and make sure everyone (K9 and Human) got what they needed.
Nothing gets done without these people. Nothing.
I am extremely grateful to the local citizens who took time on their Friday to come meet some of the Law Enforcement Professionals and their K9’s.
I am extremely grateful to the Police Officers, some who’d been own duty all night, who came to take part and help out.
This whole thing is part of a bigger picture that has been painted on my mental canvas. It is truly difficult to be cynical when you have seen what I have seen over the last year or so. People are amazing. Most people are genuinely good. I have been witness to some very significant generosity. $25 is a lot of money to most of the people who donate to us and yet they continue to donate. I have seen people dive in and help us with this or that project just because they want to help.
They don’t get paid.
They could be spending their time on many other important things, but they choose to help us.
It is incredible to see and I am seriously grateful.
See you in August at the “Carcasstossing for K9’s!”
Let’s see what we can do with the rest of 2016……….