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Dog party raises funds to benefit retired military working dogs


The U.S. War Dogs Association received an $850 donation from Holiday House Pet Resort & Training Center.

The resort held its annual Pup-A-Palooza party in late July. Proceeds generated from the dog daycare event contribute to a prescription program for retired military working dogs.

The daycare dogs enjoyed a Key West-inspired beach party with pools, activities and gourmet biscuits. Dogs in the day care Explorer group spent time in the new Canine Sensory Garden.

The Explorer group participates in enrichment activities designed to engage the senses. The garden features a variety of pet-safe items for discovery and mental stimulation, including flowers and plants; a scent wall for fresh garden items, essential oils, and treats; a multi-textured walkway; a bridge and tunnel; a dig pit filled with balls; and a water feature.

Pet parents joined the beach party in the evening for complimentary mojito mocktails and tours of the sensory garden.

In exchange for the donation to the U.S. War Dogs Association (USWDA), daycare clients had a special Pup-A-Palooza photo of their dog taken. Over the years, Pup-A-Palooza has successfully raised thousands of dollars to support the USWDA Rx Program, which provides free prescriptions for enrolled retired military working dogs (MWDs). Typically, these dogs find forever homes with a former handler or military family, so the program offers valuable savings to the families.

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