WHO-TV aired a story on LT DAN and his foster dad, Ryan this week. LT DAN and Ryan will be running the the Drake Relays marathon. Great story boys and thanks for your efforts. LT DAN is a 6 month old yellow lab, in training to be a service dog, professionally trained to assist a wounded military veteran!
Puppy Jake Foundation's third annual reception will be Thursday, April 23rd at Sticks Studio, 3631 SW 61st Street in Des Moines from 6-8pm. Join the PJF foster families, volunteers, trainers, service dogs in training and graduate team Mitch and BOB for an evening of fun, food and beverages. All proceeds help Puppy Jake Foundation's mission of providing professionally trained service dogs to wounded military veterans. New this year will be a silent auction with some wonderful packages! All the service dogs in training have painted their own canvas that will be in the silent auction.
Get your tickets by clicking "Events" under the "News & Events" tab.
And this year, a NEW Sticks poster and other special items will be unveiled and available for purchase, in additon to the 2015 plaque, shown here:
Each service dog in training with Puppy Jake Foundation has painted and created their own special piece of art to help raise money for wounded military veterans. At a fun and colorful 'painting party' last night, volunteers, foster families and pups demonstrated some very unique skills.
The 3rd annual fund raising reception will be held this year on Thursday, April 23rd at Sticks Studio, 3631 SW 61st Street in Des Moines beginning at 6pm. In addition to fun, food and beverages at the reception, a silent auction is new this year. The painting by the pups will be in the auction. Sticks will have a new poster and plaque available too! Get your tickets today.
Puppy Jake Foundation is honored and pleased to present the 2014 Annual Report. You may view the entire annual report at the "About the Foundation" tab under Financial Information and Donor policies.
The Annual Report will be available permanently, along with financials and donor policies on the website under "About the Foundation". Thank you to so many generous individuals, corporations and foundations that support our mission to provide professionally trained service dogs to wounded military veterans.
An honor and priviledge for Puppy Jake Foundation to be featured on the nationally televised show "Amazing America with Sarah Palin" on the Sportsman Channel February 12, 2015. PJF will post the entire video as soon as it is available.
Host Jerry Carroll stepped into the world of training servcie dogs at Canine Craze Performance Center with Co-Owners Scott and Renee Jetter. Several service dogs in training demonstrated the skills they were working on, as Scott and Renee explained the training tasks, clicker training and positive reinforcements. Then Jerry spent the afternoon with veteran Mitch Chapman and his service dog BOB. BOB has already made a tremendous difference in the lives of Mitch and his family.
Take a look at this article published around the country today!
Puppy Jake Foundation is proud to bring you our first issue of Dog Tags, the official newsletter of PJF. Each quarter we'll bring you training updates, helpful articles for veterans and news and photos from around the Foundation. Stories in this edition include:
Updates from our first service dog placement with a wounded American veteran
News about a new facility dog trained by PJF for On With Life, a brain injury rehab center
Important facts about service dog accessibility you may not realize
The Second Annual Operation: Gingerbread House clinic will be held on Sunday, November 23, 2014 from 1-3pm, at Palmer's Deli & Market, 2843 Ingersoll Avenue in Des Moines. For only $20 join PJF and make your own gingerbread house with all the toppings and candy provided! Great fun for kids, families, scouts and clubs! This Gingerbread House clinic is a great way to kick-off the holiday season.
Thank you Palmer's Deli & Market for your sponsorship of this fun and tasty event! All proceeds will be used to help train service dogs to be placed with wounded combat veterans.
Simon Conway and WHO Radio have chosen Puppy Jake Foundation as their adopted charity and the first event was a terrific success! With special thanks to HyVee, Bar-B-Q Champion BJ Hoffman, Rotella Bakery, Russ Cerniglia and his special sauce, and the Iowa Pork Producers PJF raised thousands of dollars from generous donors. (photos courtesy of WHO)
Folks drove through the WHO parking lot for two hours and were given free pork sandwiches. Drivers 'threw' money in the bucket to help support PJF's mission of providing professionally trained service dogs to wounded members of the US Armed Services.
Service dogs in training (including NEW puppies), foster families, volunteers and graduates all were on hand to meet and thank supporters. Meanwhile, the Simon was live on the air!
Puppy Jake Foundation looks forward to this partnership, with gratitude.
Puppy Jake Foundation is excited to announce the graudation of the Mitch/BOB service dog team. Mitch and BOB completed the Placement Camp, including Family Day, with a celebration on October 10th.
Mitch Chapman, an Infantryman in the Illinois Army National Guard, served in Afghanistan. On October 13, 2008 while conducting route clearance operations, Mitch’s vehicle was hit by an IED (Improvised Explosive Device), and subsequently ambushed. Mitch sustained serious injuries from the accident including a spinal injury, hearing loss, head injury, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Tragically, his good friend CPL Scott Dimond lost his life in the blast.
BOB, the very first puppy to enter the PJF service dog training program comes from Iron Hill Retrievers and had a health struggle in his early weeks of life. Surgery and tender loving care resulted in a smart, loyal and loving service dog~~not to mention cute!
The journey has begun for this remarkable team of brave heroes. BOB is already helping restore independence for Mitch and the entire family loves him.
Mitch currently works at the Rock Island Arsenal as a contract specialist, continuing his work with the military and service to the United States. Weekly training with Puppy Jake Foundation will continue for months to ensure the continued success of this great team.
Thank you Mitch for your service to our country for our freedom. Thank you BOB for taking care of Mitch.
Service dogs can perform tasks, improve mobility and provide unconditional love. Raising and training dogs can be expensive, but those costs pale in comparison to what our Armed Forces members have given for this country. Help us improve our heroes’ lives at home and in our communities.