What would you say is the number one good thing that Osama Bin Laden did for this country? Is this like the fifth dog blog that’s asked you that question?
Here’s one thing: He brought some great attention to the amazing things that dogs do in the military in this country. Adoptions of retired military dogs was said to have soared after word got out about the Titainium -fanged Belgian Malinois that was part of the band of SEALS that took down the Taliban chief in May. But here’s another way a dog-loving patriot could do to pay tribute to the military: help out a dog whose favorite ball thrower has to head off to fight for…freedom. Or oil. Or something. One Brooklyn-based marine, Eduardo Ortiz, is leaving this Thursday for training before being sent to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom. He’s looking for a foster home that she can stay in for the next year. She is one year old. She likes her crate and fully understands that dogs don’t bathroom in the actual bathroom–or anywhere else in the house.
Eduardo adopted Honey at the BARC animal shelter in Williamsburg last year. She was a small puppy then, and he did not anticipate being deployed. He will cover all her expenses during his deployment. I’d be happy to offer a free day of dog sitting to anyone in the area who takes her. She currently hangs out a lot with the good folk at Unleash Brooklyn, the dog daycare facility (and dog shelter) in Greenpoint, and she’ll continue there at a discounted rate provided that someone in the neighborhood can take her.
My friend Jay, co-owner of Unleash Brooklyn had this to say about this love bug:
Honey is a petite pittie mix aka pocket pittie, pibble, pit squeak. She is very affectionate. Just a few pounds heavier than ideal lap dog size, but that doesn’t stop her from trying to curl up in the lap of whoever is sitting on the couch. I’ve known her for most of her life (all 12 months or so) and I’d describe her as a gentle dog who thrives in a structured environment guided by positive reinforcement. She really is just like her name – sweet as honey.