The Honor Litter, "Pawty" Recap, Research News, and More From Warrior Canine Connection!

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Welcome to the Inaugural Edition of the Warrior Canine Connection Newsletter!

We hope that you will find the contents informative, inspiring and entertaining -- from new research exploring the warrior-canine bond to a complete recap of the first annual "Pawty" held in July at our Brookeville, Maryland Healing Quarters (HQ).

In the future, we'll feature news about Holly's Half-Dozen, Misty's Weather Litter and Olive's Honor Litter, as well as special additions to our family of purpose-bred service dogs and the people on staff who breed and train them. If there are aspects of Warrior Canine Connection that you would like to know more about, let us know and it may be the subject of a future article!

Thank you for all of your support -- we couldn't do this without you!!

Your Friends at Warrior Canine Connection

Pawty at the P.E.C.!!

Question: What happens when more and more people start talking about planning visits to Warrior Canine Connection, and people who have shared a common interest online actually want to meet their new friends?

Answer: One awesome "Pawty!" 

Read all of the details of our recent weekend gala and share in the fun!

WCC In the News

It's been quite a summer for media coverage here at Warrior Canine Connection!

A heartfelt "thank you" to our friends at Fox 5 DC, The Washington Post, Time Magazine, Social Work Today, and more for helping us get the word out about our important work. To read more about our recent coverage, visit our website.

New Research Grant Awarded

Warrior Canine Connection -- along with the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, USUHS and WRNMMC -- have been awarded a grant for research that will focus on the neurobiology of the human-animal bond as it applies to the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress. This project will likely commence in the spring of 2014 after all necessary regulatory procedures are completed. We'll provide more news about the grant as it becomes available!

A Puppy Petting Summer to Remember

If you've been keeping an eye on our Puppy Cam (and we sincerely hope you have!) you've seen the Honor Litter as they have grown and explored the Puppy Enrichment Center and outside grounds. We would like to thank all of the wonderful Puppy Petters who have visited our Brookeville, Maryland HQ this summer to help our puppies prepare for the next phase of their training: Puppy Parents!

Photo courtesy Bonnie Grower Photography 2013

Follow Our Honor Litter With Bonnie!

We would like to extend a warm welcome to Bonnie Grower, a talented photographer, animal lover and military spouse who has taken on an ambitious project: to document the development and training of all nine members of the Honor Litter. You can follow Bonnie's wonderful, touching blog and amazing photography at her website and on Facebook.

Veterans Charity Challenge -- We Did It!

Recently, the true power of our friends and volunteers was demonstrated as WCC participated in the Veterans Charity Challenge online fundraising competition sponsored by Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist, and The Stewart J. Rahr Foundation.

In all, 95 Veterans charities were registered to compete to raise the most funds between May 23 – July 3, 2013 on the CrowdRise website. The rallying cry of our donors was “WE CAN DO THIS” – and they did. The WCC Team placed first in the competition, raising $97,624 and earning a $35,000 bonus donation from the Challenge sponsors for the victory. 

"What WCC Means to Me"

What happens when a Wounded Warrior with severe PTSD encounters the healing power of the Canine Connection? Learn what one first-hand witness (and spouse) experienced at our Healing Quarters.

The Warrior Canine Connection

Where Service Members and Veterans with combat stress take on the critical mission of training service dogs for fellow Wounded Warriors.

Learn more about our program, mission, and purpose-bred Golden and Labrador Retrievers at our website.
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