The GREENIES® Wag & Walk 4 Life TM program inspires your and your pet to get moving and it helps disabled veterans!
Visit www.facebook.com/greenies and pledge to walk your pet a certain distance each week. You can set goals for daily and weekly activity, log those activities, earn badges for your progress, and share your special times with your pet and your friends.
For every new pledge made by Monday, July 11, through Wag & Walk 4 Life TM, The GREENIES® Brand will donate $5 to Englewood, CO-based Freedom Service Dogs to support the training and placement of a service dog with a disabled veteran who needs a mobility partner.
There are plenty of benefits to walking … for you and your pet.
- 30 minutes of dog walking burns 120+ calories
- blood pressure lowers
- bones strengthen
- muscles become lean
- joints stay healthier
- and dog owners can lower their cholesterol
A pretty fantastic additional benefit is knowing that you’ll touch a life. Eric, a US ARMY Staff Sgt., is just one veteran whose life has been impacted greatly by Freedom Service Dogs.
Eric served in Korea and West Germany and suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This made everyday life challenging, and he had severe diabetes as well. In June of 2009, Eric’s social worker urged him to consider assistance from Freedom Service Dogs. He now has a Great Pyrenees-Lab mix named Mason who not only saved his life more than once, but who makes that life more enjoyable.
“The first few weekends that I had him, he was able to detect that I had unusually low blood sugar. One night, I started to go into a diabetic coma shock. Realizing that I was in trouble, he slapped me with his paw and gave me a bloody nose that woke me right up,” Eric remembers. Without Eric’s abrupt awakening, he would likely have died from diabetic shock.
Mason also soothes Eric’s PTSD, bringing joy to his days.
“Mason is the calmest dog I’ve ever met but also the most fun. He loves to chase the ball and play Frisbee with me. He helps me in so many different ways on a day to day basis,” says Eric.
The donations The GREENIES® Brand was able to provide to Freedom Service Dogs through the WAG & WALK 4 LIFE™ challenge have helped to ensure service dogs are available to our many war veterans in need.
Visit www.facebook.com/greenies and take the WAG & WALK 4 LIFE™ challenge to get active with your pet while benefiting the Freedom Service Dogs organization and many more individuals like Eric. For more information about Freedom Service Dogs, visit www.freedomservicedogs.org.