The inspiration for the Dogs of Honor website comes fittingly from a United States Naval Veteran, dog lover, and charity participant, which is the perfect combination for a compassionate and creative mind. One such mind that would personally become the genius behind a website dedicated to honoring dogs of the military and other services. Leslie Green is this person and if given the opportunity to speak to her, you would become an advocate for Dogs of Honor as well.
Green served four years in the United States Navy, serving her country with pride and bravery. It was at this time that her story began. When her Chief Engineer was reassigned during her service, he asked her to look after his dog, Baby, until which time that he would arrive home to take up where he left off in the care for her. Green felt for her friend in that she too had been forced to leave a pup behind to await her safe return. “I wished that people recognized a soldiers attachment to pets, but no one ever mentions the emotions involved with leaving a pet behind.” Says Green.
Later in life, Green was hired on with a company that allowed her the opportunity to donate and work closely with charitable organizations. Reflecting on baby and her service, Green consistently chose those charities serving dogs. It was this involvement with charity that sprung Green to action. Through her work, she met two individuals that set her on this course to make a difference. One gentleman, a dog handler for a bomb squad, shared with Green his experiences with the dogs in their lives and in their deaths. His relationships with these K-9's hit home with Green, and the idea was born. She then met another gentleman, the founder of Operation Send Off, a group that takes pups to the airport to allow them to say goodbye to their masters before departing to the war zones that call them. This idea was so touching to Green, "I can barly talk about it without crying" she says.
Green is many things, but a dog owner and a visionary for their well being above all others. Through DogsofHonor.com (formerly FallenDogs.com) join her in this crusade. It is best put by Green herself who says "Why not honor soldiers with 4 legs as well as those with two?"
Update: In September 2011, by popular demand from our reader's, the scope and subject matter of the site was expanded from FallenDogs to DogsofHonor. Our new home on the internet became www.DogsofHonor.com
DogsOfHonor.com exists to celebrate and honor the memory of Dogs of Honor -- dogs who have meaningfully served their country, their community, or their family.
DogsOfHonor.com celebrates the special bond between dog and humankind, and seeks to become a gathering place for those who appreciate that bond or want to memorialize a hero dog.
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