Friday, August 31, 2012

Myron and Puck

We just wanted to share a letter that was  written by one of our clients about his experience with CWAC.

"When I was referred to Cathy King's organization, Canines with a Cause (CWAC), I was looking for a dog which would help me cope with my PTSD. I have suffered from severe PTSD symptoms and knew that animals provide many helpful things to vets like me. Also, I did already have a dog named Timmy who is 14 years old and showing signs of deteriorating health and was losing his zest for life. Aware that he was likely to pass away in the near future, I feared that losing his companionship while living alone would be a devastating change. I felt that if I had another companion that I have bonded with, that event would be less painful. Also, there was a chance that bringing a new young dog into Timmy's life could bring to him new vitality.

Puck is a little Chihuahua like dog. He was very shut-down when I got him. It didn't take long for him to open up in my home with just me and Timmy. I was very careful to only show him love and patience so as to not set him back. When his personality revealed itself as he felt safe, I gave him the name Puck from Shakespeare's misunderstood and mischievous character from one of his plays.

As for a help for help coping with my PTSD, animals like my dogs and even the horses I work with are always about being in the moment. PTSD is an illness that rudely takes one out of the moment into a painful past. Anything that help keep one in the present or helps bring one back to the present when in a dark place is of great help.

Thank you for your grant to Canines With a Cause for food and supplies for dogs like Puck and Timmy, they make a big difference in the lives of veterans like me.

Myron and Puck in class.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Iams Home for the Holidays


Canines With A Cause is a Salt Lake City based non-profit that rescues dogs at risk of euthanasia and pairs them with the men and women that have served our country, most of whom suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Please read more about CWAC on our website. I am here begging, PLEADING to get sponsored to attend the BarkWorld 2012 National "Petworking" Conference. I would love to find out more tricks and tips as to getting more fosters so we can continue to expand, resulting in saving perfectly good companion dogs from over populated shelters. There is so much that I don't know about how to use social  media to help us and would appreciate it SO much. 


Hank the beautiful boy pictured above is one of our "Happy Tails"- You can read more about him and his dad on one of 
our blog posts

Monday, July 30, 2012



CWAC is doing our first giveaway! We have some pretty awesome Brett Michaels doggy swag to give away AANNNDD a "who rescued who" CWAC t-shirt! There are 4 photos because two of them are for little dogs (the clothes) and the other two are for a bigger dog (leash+collar). Here's how this happens!

First: you MUST be our Facebook friend! It gets you the most points.

Second: if you want additional points you can tweet about CWAC on Twitter (@cwacUtah)or tell your friends about us on Facebook (you must tag us so it shows up on our FB and Twitter) The more you tweet and FB to or about us the more points you get!


Here's what you can win! Please note you'll only get ONE of the items-the photos are showing the options! GET TO IT!!

  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Helping CWAC

So as always CWAC would love your support! I'm going to compile all the ways you can help in one post! Convenient huh?!

As I'm sure most of you see on a weekly basis posts about Strut Your Mutt and how we REEAALLLYYY want you all to strut with us.. Here goes again- On September 22, 2012 at 9am in Liberty Park (SLC,UT) hundreds of people and dogs will strut their stuff in support of their favorite rescue or shelter. A $30 registration fee (which goes to CWAC) gets you signed up to join our pack so you can receive donations from friends, family and coworkers on your behalf. If you're not interested/able to join our pack, please support one of our pack members! If you want to support CWAC but live out of state or aren't able to come you can join our "virtual" pack! You can still receive donations! Simply click on the photo below to join the fun!

CWAC has been accepted as a "pet affiliate" with Modern Dog Magazine and through this link we will get 50% of the cost of the magazine subscription!! Hey, it all adds up! Click the photo below to order your subscription, and while you're at it order a few up as gifts for people!

For the month of July CWAC has been chosen as the Global's project of the month!! You can donate there!

Adopt A Shelter is a great site where you can do all of your online shopping and a certain percentage of your purchase goes to us! Need a gift card from Home Depot, Lowes, Target, Amazon, Old Navy, PetCo, Petsmart, plus MANY more? It's really simple, you don't have to create log-in or anything! Just go to the Adopt A Pet website, and click "SHOP NOW", you're already linked up through CWAC if you follow the link provided.

CWAC also has a Fundrazr (through PayPal) account set up where you can donate whenever the moment strikes you!

We understand that times are tough for many people so we greatly appreciate ANY support your are able to offer. If we were able to get even half of our Facebook friends to donate $5 that would add up to $1,625!!! Every little bit helps and all donations are TAX DEDUCTIBLE!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Where are they now?

Two CWAC dogs now in training for flyball

These are two rescue dogs who are showing the world that just because they didn't come from sporting dog families (that we know of) they are going to try their hardest at being the best of the best!


Kosmo ( previously known as Miles) came to CWAC from San Bernadino, CA with another little of puppies dubbed the "Pixar Puppies". Wild guess as to where we got their names? Yes, Pixar movies. After being in a foster home for about 3 weeks Kosmo met his new dad who heard about him from a fellow dog sporting friend. Fast forward two and half months- Kosmo has officially started his training in being a flyball dog. 


Halo was part of the "Fab Five"  from the West Valley Animal Shelter we got in March. All we know was that she had been picked up as a stray. One of our trainers (Astrid Smith) along with myself went to WVAS to assess some dogs to be taken into the CWAC training program. Halo went straight into foster with Astrid because she could bare to leave her in a shelter environment any longer. Again, fast forward 3 months and Halo is showing her stuff on that flyball field. Along with Kosmo, Halo has just begun her long training process to compete in the face paced team sport of flyball!!

A HUGE shout out to the Utah Tail Blazers- Utah's funnest flyball team- for letting me come watch their practice and snap a few (300) photos! Visit them on Facebook. 

If you and your pup want to give flyball a go, Astrid Smith has a class starting! Shoot her an email to find out when and where!

Changing Lives Through Canine Companionship

One in four Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans return home with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. More than four million healthy, adoptable animals will be euthanized in shelters this year. These dogs can provide an understanding, loving companion that can help these veterans cope with debilitating flashbacks by bringing them back to the present, therefore helping them re-assimilate back into civilian life.

Canines With a Cause brings shelter dogs and returned veterans together. Vets benefit from the healing companionship of the dog and shelter dogs' lives are saved by finding loving homes.