Some of my favorite things

Published 11:56 am Friday, August 8, 2014

The dog depicted in the photo is named Honor, a perfect name befitting just who he is.

Today I’d like to speak of three things near and dear to my heart, K-9’s, the SAP program, the warrior they tend and spaghetti.

The Service Animal Project, SAP, which began in March of 2012 working under FHS (Foothills Humane Society), is already one of the most preeminent in the country.  Seventeen dogs have already been placed with veterans suffering from PTSD and TBI.  All animals come from local shelters and only special animals can make the grade.

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The procedure is time consuming, expensive and is supported entirely by private donations.

Maryann, Ann and Linda, the founder of SAP have partnered with K-9’s for Warriors out of Ponte Verda, Florida, who train our dogs for free.

In my mind and in my heart, the folks who run these programs, the magnificent animals and the veterans they help are all heroes.

Honor is about 1 year old and came to FHS as a stray.  When no one came to look for him, he quickly proved how smart, loving and willing he was to work.  The trainer at K-9 for Warriors said, “I wish they could bring in 10 more like him.”

Honor is now paired with Sven, an Army veteran, and the unconditional love and devotion he brings to Sven is more helpful than any doctor can prescribe.

The words of one of our wounded warriors simply and elegantly describes how these programs guide our vets toward a new beginning.  “My new partner is my guide down a very bumpy road that I travel.”

And now I’d like to speak of another one of my passions, spaghetti.  The Lord gave the Hebrews manna from heaven but He gave us Italians spaghetti, which we are more than willing to share.

On Saturday, August 30 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. the American Legion is sponsoring a spaghetti dinner at Legion Hall, 53 Depot St. Tryon.  Take out is available.

All proceeds will go to benefit the K-9 Warriors and I expect to see a full house from beginning to end.  After all, where else can you fill your heart, your soul and your tummy so beautifully?

Finally I wish to say “Thank you Honor and all your kind, the good Lord gave us such a magnificent gift, I pray each day that we don’t’ waste it.”

Thanks for listening.K-9 Warrior Project