There is a group in Exeter, NH that needs some more attention.  WMUR.com reports that the Hero Pups in Exeter is getting some funding thanks to Gov. Chris Sununu from the federal CARES Act.  Hero Pups pairs up veterans with comfort dogs to aid them with their suffering from PTSD and other mental health issues according to WMUR.com.  The founder of Hero Pups, Laura Baker says, “Nobody here gets a paycheck.  There’s no administration.  We have very little overhead so a grant like this goes directly to the care of the dogs and being able to provide the veterans with the training necessary to work with the dogs,” according to WMUR.com.

 

We are all dealing with isolation due to this pandemic.  This isolation and feelings of loneliness can be particularly difficult for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress.  A great many of the dogs that are partnered with the veterans are shelter dogs.  The Hero Pups organization is helping vets and dogs and I can’t think of a better cause to support.  The bond between a dog and a human can be so powerful.  When my wife and I were younger, we got a golden retriever named Savannah.  My wife grew up with dogs, but this was really my first experience with being a dog owner.

Really, Savanah owned me.  She was with us for 17 years.  I had no idea how much a pet could impact my life.  We now have a rescue dog, Buddy, and I have no idea what type of dog he is, but he is always happy to see me.  His loyalty and love have made such a difference in my life.  I think Hero Pups is an amazing organization and will provide much-needed help to veterans in need.  I was thrilled to see this organization get a much need influx of funding to help more veterans.  What a perfect use of the federal CARES Act funds.  According to WMUR.com, the Hero Pups Group will receive more than $260,000 to help.