The Oscar-winning actress recently appeared with Oprah to talk about Puppies Behind Bars and the Dog Tags program, which trains service dogs for wounded soldiers.
Glenn Close learned about Puppies Behind Bars when she visited the Bedford, New York, women's correctional facility and saw firsthand the work we've been doing for 11 years to help rehabilitate inmates across the country through the training of service dogs. Glenn asked to interview some of the wounded soldiers who receive these trained dogs as part of our Dog Tags program, which provides dogs to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who suffer from physical or traumatic injuries, or are living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Like many of us, Glenn Close was deeply moved by the sacrifices our wounded soldiers have made and how the companionship and support of trained service dogs can transform their lives. She published her interview with Iraq war veteran Bill Campbell, who suffers from PTSD, on FetchDog.com, a highly popular website for passionate dog owners. The response was tremendous.
To give all dog owners a way to help Puppies Behind Bars and our Dog Tags program, FetchDog.com teamed up with Vibram, maker of military shoe soles, to create a special Dog Tags Chewy Shoe Toy. Made from the same mold as their military shoe soles, this red, white and blue dog toy is dedicated with a special hangtag stating simply, "Service dogs for those who've served us." FetchDog and Vibram are donating $2 to our Dog Tags program for every Chewy Shoe Toy sold.
Below is a link to a widget, which includes footage of a Dog Tags trained dog in service to a wounded warrior. The widget also has a description of the Chewy Shoe and a link to purchase the dog toy to support Puppies Behind Bars. In addition to supporting an important veterans program, the Chewy Shoe is a great dog toy!
Gloria Gilbert Stoga
Puppies Behind Bars