Canines in Zelie and Troops Rally in Beaver

By: Paula Green

Dogs are often referred to as “man’s best friend,” so it is only fitting that canines would make perfect companions for veterans.  Kandy Barkley, owner of Eye Kandy boutique and Cathleen Erb, owner of My Dog’s Care Center announced they have formed a new non-profit organization called, the K-9 Six Project.

This initiative pairs shelter dogs with afflicted veterans.  Service dogs can cost anywhere from $10,000-$40,000 to train, the K-9 Six Project is matching dogs that offer emotional support to veterans at no cost to these veterans.  The dogs can ease anxiety, help reduce stress and more importantly, provide companionship.

The K-9 Six Project is having their first fundraising event this month.  Pups for our Patriots – Fashion Fur a Cause will be held from 2-5 p.m., Sunday, June 7, at the Zelienople Community Park Amphitheatre.

Guests will be treated to a family-friendly fashion show featuring fashions from Eye Kandy boutique along with entertainment, vendors, food, a Chinese auction and raffle.  Models will be escorted by adoptable shelter dogs from the Butler County Humane Society.  Families are encouraged to attend and bring their dog.  All veterans are welcome.

For more information on the K-9 Six Project or Pups for Patriots – Fashion Fur a Cause visit

Another local military affair is set for this month to honor veterans on Flag Day. The 14th annual “Support Our Troops” Rally will be held at 5 p.m., Sunday, June 14 at Quay Park, 3rd Street (next to the courthouse) in Beaver, Pa.  This patriotic event is sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Chapter 862 which is the largest chapter in Pennsylvania, and the third largest in the United States.  It is also sponsored by the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America (AVVA) Chapter 862.

The rally will feature military tributes to past and present servicemen and women. The gathering will also include a community picnic with food and live entertainment.  Donations will be accepted and all proceeds benefit the Yellow Ribbon Girls, which is a group of dedicated sisters from Ellwood City who sends boxes of supplies to our troops throughout the world.

Bring your lawn chair, and flag and help show the world that we support our troops.  For further information on the “Support Our Troops” Rally, contact Bob Gwin at (724) 777-7772 or visit