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VOL8 ISS2 2018

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VOLUME 10—ISSUE 1 39 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — FAYETTEVILLE | FORT BRAGG | SANDHILLS REGION VOLUME 8 — ISSUE 2 This year, Dogs on Deployment is proud to announce our 2018 DoD Mascot and Military Pet of the Year! By popular vote and a judge's panel, our newest mascot is Peanut, a chihuahua currently residing in Germany. Peanut and her owner, Michelle Parlette, who is a Major and Logistician for the United States Army will raise awareness about the existence of the Dogs on Deployment organization, the services provided, and its ever-growing foster network of pet boarders during their tenure as Military Pet of the Year. Peanut 2018 Military Pet of the Year Dogs on Deployment was founded by husband and wife, Shawn and Alisa Johnson, who serve in the US Navy and US Marine Corps respectively. They started Dogs on Deployment in June 2011. As a dual-military family, the founders have been in situations where they needed a program like Dogs on Deployment. Alisa had orders to move to Quantico, Virginia where she was to attend six months of military training. At the same time, Shawn, was to be deployed. Neither could care for their beloved dog, JD. They were lucky enough to have family to rely on, but recognized the need for a program which would help others who found themselves in a similar situation. Thus, Dogs on Deployment was born. Dogs on Deployment is a national network of volun- teers willing to board military pets during their owner's service. Service members face many challenges during their military careers including rigorous training sched- ules and deployments. To ease the stress of serving our country, and to make sure service members' beloved pets are there to greet their owners after their return, Dogs on Deployment works hard to find foster homes every day. To date, Dogs on Deployment has successfully deployed over 1200 pets and have given nearly $600,000 in grants to military pets in need of assistance with military moves, emergency medical procedures, and spay/neuter. The success of Dogs on Deployment falls on the shoulders of the all-volunteer team scattered across the United States. Volunteer boarders open their homes to military pets while our service members fight for our freedoms across the globe. Regional and local volun- teers work tirelessly to make sure every service mem- ber, their family, and their local communities know about this wonderful program. If you, or someone you know, would like to sup- port the Dogs on Deployment cause, please visit our website at www.dogsondeployment.org or on our various social media pages including Facebook/ dogsondeployment and Twitter @dogsonde- ploymnt. Dogs on Deployment is always in need of volunteers, donations, and support. Thank you!

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