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Wellness® Natural Pet Food Salutes Military Dogs Serving in Iraq and Afghanistan

Tewksbury, Massachusetts (October 9, 2009) - Wellness® Natural Pet Food, in partnership with the company’s charitable arm, the WellPet Foundation®, has donated 52,000 all-natural Wellness Pure Rewards® Jerky Bits dog snacks to the Military Working Dog Team Support Association, Inc. (MWDTSA). The snacks will be sent to military working dogs deployed in harm’s way in Iraq, Afghanistan and Djibouti.

The MWDTSA supports active military working dog handler teams, veteran dog handler events and causes, retired military working dogs, and war dog memorials. Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom dogs work in rugged conditions from the craggy, snowy almost unearthly cold of the Afghanistan Mountains in winter to the hot, desolate, dry deserts of Iraq. These military working dogs are trained to patrol or search out explosives (weapons caches, IEDs) or drugs.

The WellPet Foundation proudly salutes both the dogs and their handlers performing this dangerous and difficult work in service to our country, as well as the MWDTSA for their commitment to helping these canine service members live long and healthy lives during active duty and beyond.

"We are grateful to the WellPet Foundation for making such a substantial donation to our program," stated Dixie Whitman, President and co-founder of MWDTSA. "These are the perfect rewards for a hard working canine. And, in addition to offering stellar nutritional value, they are also light, small and easy to carry in a mission pack. We thank you for donating such high quality rewards.” 

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About Military Working Dog Team Support Association, Inc. (MWDTSA)

The MWDTSA supports dog handler teams, veteran dog handler events and causes, retired military working dogs, and the war dog memorial. Learn more at