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:
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.