If a dog is a (hu)man’s best friend, those canines that work in dangerous situations – or support those during scary times – are among the very best. Read on to find out what is happening locally to help support these “dogs helping people” both near and far.
Military Working Dogs
Last summer, a military dog and its handler in Afghanistan opened a care package and found a treat decorated like a baseball from the D.O.G. Bakery in Traverse City. It was one of some 150 care packs Allison Merrill sent off as part of her volunteer work with the Military Working Dog Support Team Association (MWDSTA). Merrill, who owns and operates Sun Dog Boarding Kennel in Leelanau County, first started as a volunteer a few years ago and now serves on the association’s board. Its main focus is supporting dog handler teams, but it also devotes resources to veteran dog handler causes, retired military dogs, and war dog/dog team memorials. For more on the story, click here.