'Like' group's puppycam campaign, help a disabled vet get a therapy dog
The puppycam is part of Explore.org and DogBlessYou's efforts to help veterans who need therapy dogs.
July 16th, 2012
01:32 PM ET

'Like' group's puppycam campaign, help a disabled vet get a therapy dog

There's no shortage of puppycams on the Internet these days. Thousands of people spend hours watching Shiba Inus romp around and then fall asleep.

This is perhaps why a few groups are teaming up to try to turn the guilty pleasure of watching pups all day into a way to help disabled veterans.

Explore.org, in conjunction with DogBlessYou.org, has put up its own puppycam and says that for every 1,000 likes of the DogBlessYou Facebook, Pinterest and/or Tumblr pages, the group will donate a therapy dog to a disabled war veteran.

Watch the puppycam here or on Explore.org

"The mission of explore.org is to champion the selfless acts of others, to create a portal into the soul of humanity and to inspire life long learning. What is the easiest way to do this? Through dogs – they see our souls like no other," founder Charlie Annenberg says on the the DogBlessYou Facebook page. "That is why as we build Dog Bless You, I believe that its mission should be to champion the selfless acts of animals."

It's no secret that a big push for veterans has included enlisting man's best friend in hopes of helping heal some of the wounds of war. Like guide dogs for the blind, psychiatric service dogs aid people with mental illnesses, from anxiety disorder to bipolar disorder to PTSD. The dogs are trained to know when their owners are depressed or having a panic attack, for example, and the animals might calm them down by curling up in their lap or giving a nudge.

Check out the pups playing around and visit the links above if you want to like the group's efforts to help veterans. Do you know of a similar effort? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. banasy©

    How sweet....!
    This is such a good example of how others can help a disabled vet with just a click of a mouse...
    Kudos to Explore and DogBlessYou!

    July 16, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • DREAM15

      Yes!! So 'Freedom Paws' does the same kind of work. Its a win-win situation helping both the dogs needing homes and the vets with therapy.

      July 17, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Now, this is really good news!

    July 16, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©


    July 16, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Portland tony

    I'm all for any resource that can assist those who suffer from forms of PTSD. That being said....the article mentioned the "guilty pleasure of watching pups play ( and poop) all day long...." Whoever finds this endeavour fascinating needs some serious psychiatric help themselves. Jeez!

    July 16, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I agree, PT; it does seem like a huge waste of time...

      July 16, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JEM

    Wow, I'm surprised by some of the comments here. Usually, comedians aren't up this early.

    July 16, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mr Dalloway

    Slow news day?

    July 16, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Guest

    I thought there were plenty of exotic dancers in Alabama
    Or do you mean ones who arent your sisters?

    July 16, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ? ? ?

    50,000 comedians outta work and i can see why! Some of y'all aint too funny! And what are YOU doing to help disabled VETS?

    July 16, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      @? ? ?:
      I know what some do...nothing but kvetch about them.

      July 16, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Demarcus

    That would rule ! Rule !

    July 16, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. lynn

    sooo cute !

    July 16, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Stu

    What Vets really need is a VA with less waste, and corruption.

    July 17, 2012 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |