Five Years.

Hello supporters. Today’s blogpost is a different one. 19th October, 2019 is our 5 year anniversary. 5 years. Wow.

Spike and me, 2006 Iraq

I fondly remember when Spike’s K9 Fund started. A K9 that needed some medical assistance. I remember looking at his handler and thinking about how I felt when the K9’s I’d worked with needed help and how much I felt responsible for taking care of them. I remember feeling the sting of shame and guilt that I couldn’t help some of the K9’s I’d worked with. I remember holding or watching them as they died.

A friend helped me create the original version of our logo and setting up our very first fundraising campaign with sweatshirts. I remember putting the campaign on Facebook and hitting “enter” and wondering if anyone would want to help this Dog.

I was at a critical point in my personal life. I’d recently retired from the Navy and was trying to figure out my next move. I was fresh off of some serious mental health struggles and was pointing myself in the right direction.

The outpouring of positive support was shocking to me. I didn’t realize how many people loved the Dogs the way I do. I didn’t expect the outpouring of support and generosity. I raised over six-thousand dollars and with that amount I had enough money to pay for the medical treatment for the K9 and for the travel costs that he and his human handler would incur as they traveled to another state to get the needed surgery. I had some money leftover and at that point, I went to work on figuring out how to establish a 501c3. So many people helped me. So many friends and strangers stepped up to help a veteran who’d lost Dogs in battle. It seriously gave me a new mission and helped me to gain a new purpose after my long military career.

See, this whole thing is very personal to me.

Dogs saved my life. Many times. They also saved the lives of my colleagues on many occasions.

We ask a lot of them. We bring them into our world, one in which human animals commit violence and ugliness on a regular basis. We ask them to use their senses and physical abilities to protect us and our communities and nation. We ask them to go to war with us and to commit violence to protect us. We ask them to find bombs, or drugs or lost children or elderly humans. We ask them to enrich our lives and what we give them in return is a pittance compared to what we ask of them.

It is great to see the #’s that reflect the community we’ve built around trying to protect these Dogs.

We have almost 200k followers in social media land. We have raised over $3,000,000.00. We have helped over 921 K9’s in 45 states and our goal is to have helped 1000 by the end of the year.

I am so very proud to be a part of a potent impact organization. One that affects change for K9’s that serve our nation and it’s communities.

I look forward to the next five years and I hope to make more friends and raise more $ and help more Dogs. I look forward to being a household name for working K9’s in need.

Lastly, I want to thank you, “Spike’s Pack” for helping me realize that we can work together in love and goodness to help these amazing animals.

Your generosity and kindness has transformed the lives of many K9’s and the humans who work with and who are protected by their courage and hard work.

So on this 5th anniversary I say “Thank you.”

We are grateful.