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Animal artist for over 15 years that decided to dedicate my life to painting portraits of working dog (K9) heroes. I only paint recognized military, contractor, SAR, police and PTSD Service dogs, not therapy dogs or family pets. Created the K9 Hero Portrait Project in March of 2013 while completing a portrait of MWD Gabe K153 SSD. During the completion of his portrait, I became aware of several K9's who were either killed in action or gravely injured, all within one week. Although I know working dogs are always faced with danger, it wasn't the events that drove me to create this project, it was the reactions of the handlers that were captured in photos and networked on the web. Each one was completely distraught at the loss or the injury of their K9 partner, who to them, was their family member. That's when I knew that these were the men and women I wanted to paint for. Each painting is donated to the handler, or, in the case of a retired working dog, to their family. Since the project is completely out of pocket, I help fund the program by having commemorative coins minted with the completed portrait on one side. The handler or family receives the first in the series, and the rest are sold to help fund the project and also be used to help donate to other working dog or military PTSD programs.
Can you fathom how sensitive your dog's nose is? Can you imagine being able to sniff out cancer cells? Or detect when someone's blood sugar drops, just by how it smells? Our dogs are noses with four legs, and one of the best ways to understand how they experience the world, is to understand their sense of smell.
Did you also know that there is a canine unemployment epidemic in the U.S.? That's right - your dog wants to work, and unless he's lucky, probably doesn't have much to think think about. The sport of K9 Nosework is one of the best ways to deepen your bond with your dog, provide him with a constructive outlet for his mental energy, and give him an opportunity to use his incredible sense of smell!
Dog behavior and training expert, Julie Forbes, talks with professional scent detection training and handler, and Certified Nosework Instructor, Miriam Rose about the wonderful world of K9 Nosework. Just search for K9 Nosework in your area and get your dog enrolled today! It is one the best gifts you can give your dog!
Antonio (Arod) Rodriguez - retired SMSgt/E-8 USAF and owner/senior consultant at Olive Branch K9, LLC. Joins Actor R. Lee Ermey for "Saving Private K-9" TV series that details the incredible relationships between military and law enforcement service dogs and their handlers. A combat veteran of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. Currently provides comprehensive K-9 management and training solutions for domestic law enforcement, military and private security organizations around the world. Expertise includes canine education and training, high-risk tactical operations, counter IED operations, program management and advisory support. Recognized throughout the military K-9 community as a subject matter expert in the employment of K-9 teams in both law enforcement and combat arenas. Previously utilized expertise in the creation and implementation of the USAF’s first combat K-9 pre-deployment course, thereby providing premier joint warfighter capability to combatant commanders worldwide.
Project Paws Alive is a nationwide non-profit raising money to provide protective K9 equipment to Law Enforcement, Fire, Search & Rescue, and Military K-9s. We also provide specialized Pet Oxygen Recovery Mask kits to Fire, Rescue, and EMS in the US. Our mission is to provide combo stab/bullet-protective K9 vests, K9 first aid field trauma kits, K9 cooling vests, K9 heat alarms, and other vital K9 equipment to Law Enforcement, Fire, Search and Rescue, and Military K-9s throughout the US.
Project Paws Alive is an all volunteer 501c3 non-profit and does not get paid. Funds are raised by donations, sponsorships, and fundraisers. All monies go directly to purchasing equipment.
We exist because 92% of all K-9 units and agencies nationwide do not have the ability or funds needed to purchase this vital K9 equipment to protect their K9s. Many K9 units are run solely on donations.
K9 units are typically classified as "non-essential specialty units" nationwide; which means they receive little to no funding and cannot afford the high-dollar protective equipment that can save the lives of the K9s and, in most cases, can also save the officer's life.
Please join us in helping to "Protect The K9s Who Protect Us" nationwide. Consider making a tax-deductible donation or becoming a volunteer at http://ProjectPawsAlive.org/
Author, Adam David Russ and Officer Michael Serio of the Salt Lake City Police K9 Unit in Utah join us to talk about Russ’ book ,"Bloodhound in Blue: The True Tales of Police Dog JJ and His Two-Legged Partner" which highlights the life of 10-year-old K-9 JJ, who worked for the Salt Lake City Police Department with Officer Serio. The book takes you on an amazing journey as you learn how with JJ's ability to sniff out suspects and Serio's apprehension skills, the duo caught murderers, rapists, and drug dealers, often tracking them over fences and through crowded city blocks and dense forests. They also captured one of Utah's Most Wanted. Together the team changed the way police units operate today and both JJ and Officer Serio were awarded the Salt Lake City Officer of the Year Award, an award that Officer Serio has won twice; the only officer in state history to achieve this.
K9 Lakota served alongside Officer Travis Fox for less than four years but made remarkable achievements in his short career, among them more than 80 apprehensions, 28 drug seizures, six vehicle seizures, the recovery of stolen property, and the seizure of $60,000. K9 Lakota's career was ended prematurely en route to a home invasion call when Officer Fox and K9 Lakota ended up in a serious car accident. The accident split the car in two, ejecting both the officer and the dog from the car. K9 Lakota was not expected to live but his strong spirit fought on and after four surgeries (with more expected in his future), he is enjoying life in retirement. His work and his will to fight and live have shown his heroic side and he has brought people all over the world together for his cause. His story is now being used to help change laws for Law Enforcement Officer K9s so that they are better protected by their departments in case they are injured in the line of duty. K9 Lakota has been a true hero both in the line of duty and in retirement.
Munchkin is a senior beagle missing most of his teeth with his tongue hanging out, but that does not stop him from living life to the fullest! Alex Cross shares Munchkins story with us.
K9 First Responders was formed in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook tragedy, and provides therapy dog teams to scenes of disaster and great emotional trauma. Brad Cole joins us to share with us the heroic work this organization is doing and how they are taking the work of therapy dogs to a whole new level.
JENNIFER ORN I have lived all over the country. I was born in MN and due to my father’s job (Federal Bureau of Prison’s) we moved around a lot. Virginia, California, Alabama, Pennsylvania and Tennessee are all on the list. When I was approximately 16, we ended up back in MN. I’ve also briefly lived in TX and OK as an adult. I received a softball scholarship out of high school to a DII school in MN. After being there for one semester, I realized it wasn’t for me. So, I enlisted in the MN Air National Guard. After completing AF basic training I completed the AF Security Forces Academy. A few months after completing all of my training I returned to my home station in St. Paul, MN. I was then sent to Desert Warfare Training with others from my unit and ultimately deployed for 6 months to Saudi Arabia.After I returned home, I continued my college education. I received my A.S. in Law enforcement and got hired on with a local police department (WI). I attended the WI State Law Enforcement Academy and I worked at that department for a little over 3 years. I ended up leaving that department to pursue a few other things. I ultimately ended up at another department in central MN. After being at this department for almost 2 years, I decided to resign.I am currently a professional dog trainer and animal behavior specialist. I attended a dog training school in TX and will be starting an internship at a dog training facility in another part of TX. I have already started my LLC (Liberty K9 LLC), and am just waiting to return home to get that going full swing.I have 3 awesome dogs, a wonderful boyfriend.
Jason Granite I am a combat Army Veteran and a Purple Heart recipient.This summer I will be braving the Colorado Trail on a backpacking journey to raise money for Nine Line Foundation so they can improve the lives of our Veterans.I’ll be hiking 75 miles with 74 other participants coming from all over the United States
Rev. Bill McDonald Known in the military veteran community as the ultimate advocate and supporter of both his fellow Vietnam Veterans and former South Vietnamese military allies. He has been assisting and aiding both communities since the end of the Vietnam War and his own return to civilian life. He lobbies both the California State legislature as well as Congress as a pro bono crusader of veteran rights and issues.Bill was a Huey helicopter crew-chief/door-gunner with the famed “Tomahawks” -128th Assault Helicopter Company in Phu Loi, South Vietnam in 1966-67. This was one of the most decorated helicopter units in the war. He was awarded many medals and ribbons including The Distinguished Flying Cross, The Bronze Star Medal, 14 Air Medals, The Purple Heart Medal. His unit was also awarded The Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He was wounded in Nam and has some ongoing injuries that he still deals with today.The California State Assembly as well as The California State Senate honored him with a certificates for his services to the veteran community for over 40 years. Congresswoman Doris Matsui also presented a formal congressional recognition for his services over the last several decades nation wide, as well as within her own congressional district.
born in 1973 in the great state of Texas
father is a 37 year retired US Army Ranger ,mother was a stay at home mom ,grew up a military brat -mostly Alaska, Central and South America large family of 4 brothers and 5 sisters ,Boy Scouts of America –Eagle Scout 1992 graduated high school in Tucson, AZ
attended college at both Pima Community College and the University of Arizona, Tucson joined the Tucson Police Department in 1999
have 16 years total as a police officer ,last 3 years have been in the Tucson Police K9 unit married 19 years have two boys, 14yrs and 11yrs old
This is a place for spouses of veterans to easily access information and share the ups and downs of leaving the military lifestyle.
We all heard the term at one point on another during our spouse's time in the military. Household 6.We were the support group, caretaker, wife/husband, launder, chef, friend, and a plethora of other hats. Our spouse has gotten out, but the above jobs haven't dissipated, in fact for many it has become harder.Both the veteran and the spouse are adjusting.This is a safe place to help process that adjustment.After realizing how little support is available for veteran's spouses, we decided to do something about it.We are bringing resources such as ETS'ing information, disability information, little to no cost counseling,reading material, blogs, career information (including companies that hire and companies that help with resume writing), PTSD/TBI support,businesses you can locally support that are veteran or veteran spouse owned,K9 organization,as well as better known sources such as the VA,American Legion, and DAV into one place.From the minute the military member transitions to a veteran,this is where you can go for reliable and helpful information.Our goal is to unite the veteran community and provide families with the necessary resources to thrive upon leaving the military.
ANTHONY WILLIAMS DISABLED VETERAN SERVED IN THE AIR FORCE RECEIVED 100 PERCENT RATING AFTER 14 YEARS OF INITIAL FILING BEGAN HIS ADULT MINISTRY IN JANUARY 1982 AS A CHOIR DIRECTOR,JUNIOR DEACON, DEACON,MINISTER OF MUSIC, SUNDAY SCHOOL ASSISTANT AND CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR ACCEPTED HIS MINISTERIAL CALLING IN NOVEMBER 1999 RECEIVED MINISTERIAL LICENSE APRIL 2003 ELECTED PASTOR OF ST MARK MINISTRIES IN MAY 2009 RECEIVED PASTORIAL ORDINATION IN JULY 2009 BECAME HOPE CHAPLAIN SERVING AT VALLEY HOSPITAL AUGUST 2012 BECAME HOSPICE CHAPLAIN AUGUST 2012 BECAME MESSAGES OF FAITH CHAPLAIN IN NOVEMBER 2013 CONSECRATED AS A BISHOP AUGUST 2014/
Steve Utter has a Bachelors degree of Science from Arizona State University in biology/zoology. He was pre-med during college but instead of becoming a doctor he went on to develop many products. He has 7 patents and one of his inventions was the Misty Mate, a personal portable cooling device that can be worn around the waist to keep the air around you 30 degrees cooler. Thousands of misty mates were donated to our troops in the Desert Storm war in Iraq. After selling the misty mate company he started developing dietary supplements from some unique products. The main products were Egg membrane joint support and lignans. Lignans are phytonutrients that help balance hormones. They help women with menopause because they help balance estrogen, they help promote better prostate health in men because they help balance testosterone and they help dogs reduce cortisol levels which is a stress hormone. Steve's company is called products development, llc and his brand names for his dietary supplements are Lignans For Life and K9 Choice. Steve has been married to his college sweetheart for 33 years and lives in Chandler, AZ.
Dr. Renè David Alkalay is a life-long student of meditation, Yoga science, Kabbalah, and the religious and philosophical texts of the East and West, and is the author of numerous articles and books. In private practice as a naturopathic practitioner since 1980, he provides holistic services at the Genesis Tree of Life Wellness Center offering help with nutrition, weight management, pain and illnesses, fitness and holistic treatment for cancer patients. Genesis Society (501 c3) is the not-for-profit organization Dr. Renè David Alkalay offers help to veterans and yoga classes for children with cancer.
Reed Intro and Welcome
Reed is doing a Webinar with Steve Wright on How To Build Your Practice
Practitioner Spotlight: Beginning Interview with Jenn Culver Malecha
Reed: “how did D (Diet) and R (Rest) come about?
Jenn: Making 3 main points to share that simplify what you do as a FDN-P.
Jenn: The importance of following up with the 90 day protocol and testing.
Reed: “The market for ‘us’ is growing exponentially”
Jen: Discussing welcome gifts to clients who do her programs.
Jen: Working Smarter not Harder. Taking on 2-3 clients/month
Reed: How he started with 2-3 kits and move to 5 kits. Learning how your beliefs can inhibit how you work.
Brandon and Jen: How setting expectations on retesting prepares you and your client for success.
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