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May 10, 2011

Pet Supplies “Plus” Store Helps Military Working Dogs

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich.Military working dogs (MWD’s) toil alongside soldiers patrolling the streets and protecting the citizens in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, often in harsh and unforgiving climates and dangerous situations.  Sadly, the dogs’ protective gear is an out-of-pocket expense for their handlers.  To defray some of the costs, the Pet Supplies Plus store in Chesterfield, Michigan, is holding a fundraiser on Saturday, May 21st, from 11am to3pm, to benefit Desert K-9’s, a Metamora, Michigan-based organization that provides MWD’s with protective gear at no cost.

Through a special arrangement with its merchandisers, Pet Supplies Plus donated boxes of supplies to Desert K-9’s, which is part of the Desert Angels military support organization.  These supplies will be included in special canine versions of Desert Angels’ Miracle Boxes, which are packages of essential items sent to men and women serving in the military overseas.  The Miracle Boxes for MWD’s will contain items such as toys, waterless shampoos, ear cleaner and wipes.  Miracle Boxes and Desert K-9’s mascot, K-9 Joe, were named in memory of Joseph Miracle of Ortonville, Michigan, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2007.

“Providing the necessary equipment for our K-9 Military Officers is a critical component in keeping our solders safe.  We know that the supplies and money will be appreciated,” said Marie Skladd, Event Marketing Director of Pet Supplies “Plus” Corporate.

“Desert K-9’s is very grateful to all the support that Pet Supplies ‘Plus’ has provided to our organization,” said Sandie Smith of Desert K-9’s.  “The military working dogs are a very important part of our military and we must not forget about them, as they work hard and help to save the lives of many of our men and women.  Like any soldier, they like to be remembered with care packages from home filled with love, toys, and treats!”

To learn more about Desert Angels, visit

Pet Supplies Plus is a leading retail chain in the pet industry with over 240 stores in 23 states.  The Chesterfieldstore is located at 50633 Gratiot Ave.  For more information, contact Marie Skladd, Pet Supplies “Plus” Events Marketing Director at 248.662.4504., or visit

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