Retired Army Sergeant Luciano Yulfo was invited to a New York Knicks game Wednesday to receive a personalized Knicks jersey as part of the team’s Hoops for Troops program.
Before you make any “36 years in the army and all I got was this stupid shirt” jokes, though, keep watching the video above, because at the end Yulfo gets what he has been waiting 18 months for — a service dog to help him cope with injuries he received in Afghanistan in 2014.
During a break between quarters at Madison Square Garden Wednesday night, the Knicks honored the retired sergeant first class — the latest in a series of veterans to be recognized during games in the days leading up to Veterans Day.
Yulfo was injured on duty in Afghanistan in 2014, and was stationed at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center before retiring this past April.
He’d been on a service dog waiting list for 18 months.
The Knicks have honored several military members during games as part of their Hoops for Troops program. In addition to the on-court recognition, honorees get to attend a practice to meet players.
Paws of War trains and places rescued dogs to serve and provide independence to our United States military veterans who suffer the emotional effects of war.
Posted by John Woestendiek November 11th, 2016 under Muttsblog, videos.
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As those who regularly tune in for our “Woof in Advertising” features know, there’s no animal — with the possible exception of the scantily clad human female — that advertisers turn to more often to sell their products than the dog.
It’s because of the special connection we have with the species, because of the qualities they have come to represent (like loyalty and trustworthiness to name two), and because they are, generally speaking, the cutest things ever.
Sure, pigs are associated with fatness, laziness and sloth (not traits your average bank would want to equate itself with), but those are the big farm versions that often become ham, pork chops and bacon. Not to mention wallets.
The miniature pig, while maybe not a whole different animal, symbolizes, well, we’re not sure what, but in this ad it represents independence, maybe mixed with a little streak of rebelliousness.
In the ad, a confident looking retired couple (we can only assume they have a nice nest egg) are taking their unique pet “Percy James” for a walk in the park.
“You live life your way,” a narrator says. “We can help you retire your way, too. Financial guidance while you’re mastering life. Chase … so you can.”
The song? It’s “Boombastic,” by Shaggy.
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Posted by John Woestendiek September 13th, 2016 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: advertising, animals, bank, chase, chase bank, commercials, couple, dog, dogs, investments, marketing, miniature pig, money, oink, oink in advertising, pets, pig, pigs, retired, savings, woof in advertising, woof!
Izzy was a police dog in Longmont, Colorado until an on-the-job injury led to his retirement. Now, more than two years later, he’s in need of surgery — related to that injury — that could cost $6,000.
That the Fraternal Order of Police in Longmont is turning to the public to try and raise that money is noble.
That they are forced to is wrong.
“He worked for us for nine years and he did a lot of good work in those nine years,” Detective Steve Schulz, president of the Longmont FOP, told the Longmont Times-Call.
As I see it, Longmont owes Izzy for that.
A police dog that serves his city — like a soldier who serves his country — deserves to be taken care of by that city, especially when his injuries are related to that service.
And he deserves to be taken care of FOREVER.
Unfortunately, that’s rarely the case. Retired police dogs in some jurisdictions are euthanized when their service is complete. Others allow them to retire and remain in the care of their partner/handler.
At that point, as with Izzy, the city cuts off any assistance with care, feeding or veterinary bills.
As Izzy’s handler, Detective Bruce Vaughan pointed out, in the city’s view, dogs are “equipment.”
Izzy was injured while helping catch a suspect in April 2007. After crashing his truck in a high-speed chase, the suspect ran. Izzy chased him down. In the fray that followed, the dog was flipped over and suffered an injury to his spine, which Vaughan said has been diagnosed as a ruptured disk.
The suspect, who had led police on two previous chases,and reportedly had pointed a gun at the head of two different women, was convicted in December 2007 on menacing and drug charges and sentenced to 13 years in prison.
Other than the injury, which makes it difficult for the dog to use his hind legs, Vaughan said, Izzy is healthy. “He still has a puppy face. He’s got a lot of energy,” he said.
Donations for the surgery, estimated to cost $6,000, can be made to FOP No. 6 K9 Fund, in care of Guarantee Bank and Trust, P.O. Box 1159, Longmont, Colo. 80502.
Dog-lovers, I suspect, will likely come through for Izzy.
It’s a shame that city he served did not.
Posted by John Woestendiek November 1st, 2008 under Muttsblog.
Tags: benefits, care, colorado, dogs, fraternal order of police, fund, izzy, K-9, k9, longmont, medical, news, police, police dogs, retired, retirement, surgery, veterinary
The butt-sniffing has begun in Dewey Beach.
About 4,000 greyhounds are converging on the Delaware beach this weekend, where — butt-sniffing aside — they generally behave far more civilly than the humans who normally converge there in summer.
The Greyhound Project Inc., a nonprofit organization that promotes and helps the adoption of retired racing greyhounds, is the main sponsor of the event, which began when three women got together on the internet to talk about their greyhounds, then decided to meet in person.
They were only able to find one motel that would allow their dogs — the Atlantic Oceanside on Route 1 in Dewey. “Greyhounds Reach the Beach,” which has grown to atrract thousands and is now in its fourteenth year, has been held there ever since, according to Delmarva Now.
The five-day event include seminars for greyhound owners, greyhound inspired art shows and a Mardi Greys Costume Ball. To learn more, visit the Greyhounds Reach the Beach website.
Posted by John Woestendiek October 10th, 2008 under Muttsblog.
Tags: adopt, adoption, beach, delaware, dewey, dewey beach, dogs, greyhounds, greyhounds reach the beach, news, racing, retired