Monday Mischief – An amazing CNN Hero in My Town – Dogs and Veterans Saving Each Other

Think I could go a week without Mischief?  Not a chance!

I have lots of Mischief still to tell you about, however, today I just wanted to interrupt normal service to tell you about a truly amazing, humble, lady and how she’s making a massive difference to the lives of both Dogs and Veterans.

Let me tell you the story…..

I was contacted earlier this week by the people at Pet Armor to see if I could help them spread the word about Mary Cortani, founder of Operation Freedoms Paws.

She’s in the final 10 in the CNN Global 2012 Hero of the Year Contest – an honor that spotlights “everyday people changing the world.”

The winner receives $250,000 to help their cause.  There were over 10,000 global nominations.

This is one of the Dogs from Operation Freedoms Paws

 

As I read about the story I discovered that not only did Mary found this non-profit in Northern California, where I live, she actually runs it in my very town!

A few years ago, by chance, Mary had discovered there was a problem – Many Veterans needed a Service Dog in order to help them try to regain a normal life – there weren’t enough Service Dogs ready – She also knew that many Dogs are in Shelters unable to find their forever home – Mary decided to do something about this and find away to help them all!

I worked with Pet Armor to see up a meeting with Mary and Mum and I went to meet her for coffee.   I loved her straight away and gave her a big hug!

 

What is Operation Freedoms Paws?

Operation Freedoms Paws’ mission is to match war veterans, many with PTSD and other invisible wounds, with shelter dogs.  Through a 32-week program, their program trains veterans and others with disabilities with their service dogs as a team.  This unique approach leverages the ability of the canine-human relationship to help veterans regain their sense of purpose, worth and value to society and their community.

 How are PetArmor® and OFP Working Together?

In September, PetArmor® experienced Mary’s work first hand and captured an amazing video,  

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Through the video you will be able to see how dogs and veterans train together and ultimately save each other.  PetArmor® is working to generate awareness of Operation Freedoms Paws through its social media channels and is seeking to encourage fans, friends, veterans and all pet lovers to vote for Mary Cortani as the 2012 CNN Hero of the Year.  If you’re also moved by what Operation Freedoms Paws is accomplishing please vote – Voting ends on November 28 – so we haven’t got long left to vote and spread the word!

Every email address and Facebook user can vote 10 times each day if you like – that’s a lot of votes and could make a huge difference to a lot of lives!  Mary would love to expand this program to reach more veterans (and civilians) further afield.  What a great way to honor veterans as we approach Veterans Day! :)

It sure was an honor to meet Mary and Mum and I are making plans to work with her in the future too – Yay!! :)

 

Before I go, I can’t resist just sharing one little teenie weenie bit of Mischief with you!!  Tee Hee :)

 

Yep, I ‘found’ Carly’s slipper looking all lonely!! :)

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Comments

  1. I voted!

    Loved your mischief, Snoopy!
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  2. Two French Bulldogs says:

    What a good story. And what did you find? BOL
    Benny & Lily

  3. I did it! I voted! I really hope we win — it sounds like Mary is doing a very important job!

    When I was in puppy jail I met another dog who has been there a very long time and just couldn’t find the right family. Then she went to a place where they helped veterans and they loved her so much. After all that time she finally found a really big family of people who helped her and who she could help too :)
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  4. Hi Snoopy! Wow! What an amazing and important organization Operation Freedom Paws sounds like and Mary sounds just amazing! We voted and wish her the best of luck!
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    • Thanks so much for voting Jen,

      It sure was such an honor to meet with her and hear what she’s doing to make such a difference! :)

      Hope you’re having a fun day :)

      Snoops :)

  5. I just voted. I love how the veterans and the dogs are being helped – and that the veterans are paying it forward by helping others. But I’m sure glad you added some mischief at the end Snoopy. Oh yeah, my person saw a dog dressed up just like you for Halloween.
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    • Hey Bongo,

      Thanks so much for voting buddy – Yay!! Yep, it makes me wag every time I watch the videos and see the difference this program is making :)

      Really? Another Dog had to be a Frog for Halloween? I wonder if they wanted to be a Super Hero too?! :)

      Hope you’re having a fun day :)

      Snoops :)

  6. That is a great cause and story. There are so many people doing wonderful things in the pet world (and for people). It warms my heart.
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    • Hi Jessica,

      You’re right, it makes me wag when I read about all the good things that are being done :)

      Hope you’re all having a fun day :)

      Snoops :)

  7. Roooo that is such a good cause, and it makes so much sense when you think abou tit – dogs and humans helping each other. Glad to see you didn’t completely forget about your mischief though! *waggy tail*
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    • Hey Alfie,

      Me forget about Mischief?! I don’t think it’s possible!! Tee Hee

      Yep, this scheme is ingenious in it’s simplicity, some of the veterans were waiting years to get a Service Dog, now with Mary’s charity they can be matched so much faster.

      I hope you’re having a fun day buddy,

      Snoops :)

  8. Sounds like a very worthy cause. Best of luck to her. :)
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  9. Hey Snoopy, Jet here.

    So glad you shared teensy mischief and used your post to share Operation Freedom Paws. We voted IMMEDIATELY! Mom believes SO STRONGLY in programs like this, especially since she and Koko were a pet therapy team like you and Mum and knows how powerfully therapeutic K9s can be.

    A big WIN-WIN… thank you again for sharing… we will continue to vote. :)
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  10. Of course, we’d vote for her. 10 times even. I’m glad you gave her a big hug… I hope all of us were included in that hug.

    Haha… I feel sorry for the slippers. Happy Mischief making.

    Huggies and Cheese,

    Haopee
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    • Hi Haopee,

      Oh you’re so cool, and sweet, thanks so much for voting – it would be so awesome if Mary wins, especially as she’s a Veteran herself and really understands how much the Veterans need this help. It would be so cool if she could expand the program further!

      Yeah, I felt sorry for the slipper too, that’s why I played with it! Tee Hee (no slippers were harmed during this Mischief!) :)

      Wags to all

      Snoops :)

  11. We will jump over and vote too. What a great story.
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  12. Your first mischief is a beautiful mischief Snoopy :)
    Your second one, the one with the slipper…that’s bad! ;)
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  13. That’s a great project. I’ll definitely vote, and help spread the word. That was a nice hug you gave her, Snoopy!
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  14. Thank you for telling us about it. That’s a great cause.
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    • Hi Clowie,

      It’s my pleasure, I’m so happy to tell everyone what a great thing Mary is doing for the Veterans and Dogs :)

      Hope you’re having a fun day buddy :)

      Snoops :)

  15. What a wonderful lady and we wish her and her great cause luck and good wishes. Thanks Snoopy a nice feel good story. Have a lovely Monday with your lonely slipper.
    Best wishes Molly
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    • Thanks Molly,

      Mary sure is wonderful – she’s helped a lot of people and Doggies already :)

      Unfortunately the slipper is back in solitude and all lonely again – I tried!! :)

      Hope you’re having a fun day :)

      Snoops :)

  16. I’ve voted!!
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  17. that is a wonderful cause and Mary does amazing work! It is very similar to Pets For Patriots which I had blogged about this past weekend…….so glad to see people do such good things to help our Veterans!
    Barks and licks and love, Dakota
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    • Hi Dakota,

      Yes, I was interested to read on your blog about Pets for Patriots, which sounds great! :) It looks like the main difference is Operation Freedoms Paws is specifically for people who need Service Dogs (rather than Companion Pets) and Mary also helps train them with the Veteran.

      Hope you’re having a fun day buddy :)

      Snoops :)

  18. Definitely a hero! We voted and will keep voting!
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  19. Mary is doing such a fantastic thing..We will vote :) Love the mischief Snoops xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie
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  20. You are a great dog Snoopy, even with your mischief!
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  21. Wow, Snoopy. I’m going to go vote now. Thank you!
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  22. Great story. We voted too!
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  23. Hey Snoopy, It is very good of you to put your mischief aside and share such a great story. Our Uncle Chris served some time overseas, so it is a cause near and dear to us . . . . we voted!
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  24. Hey Snoopy, this was a great post and it made My Vickie teary. We are heading over to vote now.
    Thank you for making us aware.
    What a beautiful woman she is.
    Your tops in our book too
    Love
    Bert and My Vickie

    • Hi Bert,

      There are quite a few videos – and Mum gets teary every time she watches them and she watched them quite a bit!!

      Thanks for voting guys – You’re awesome!! :)

      I hope you’re having a fun day,

      Snoops :)

  25. WOW! What a great cause! That makes me a lot waggy!
    Nice slipper action Snoopy!
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    • Hi Bella,

      Me too buddy – my tail gets super excited whenever I watch the OFP videos – my favorite is the one about the Veteran describing how tough it was to go into a Grocery Store before he had his Service Dog and how every little sound reminded him of something connected to combat…. Now he and his family can go out to restaurants and do lots of fun things :)

      Wags to all

      Snoops :)

  26. This is awesome Snoopy, I’ll be sure to vote for Mary and share on my social media!!
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  27. Snoopy! Pop over to my blog and vote for a treat!
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  28. What a great story. My son just became active duty today. We all need to help. I’ll be sure to vote and share.

  29. Have voted 10 times for your new friend Mary.
    Think she does a pawsome work with the veterans and woffies !

  30. What a wonderful post about your friend, Mary. She warms our hearts and is so deserving of this amazing award. We are off to vote!!!
    ; ) Katie & Glogirly
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  31. I voted! what an awesome lady Mary is! Snoopy I’m glad to see you still had a little mischief! hehehe
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