Paws for a Cause

harry barkerA philanthropic effort might begin with an employee’s personal desire to help others or an unfulfilled corporate commitment to charity. No matter what inspires the act of giving back, charitable efforts can often reap rewards of the soul, far beyond material gains.

Harry Barker, based out of Charleston, South Carolina, creates beautiful, functional, eco-friendly dog products. Our products are an expression of love between people and their pets.

Carol Perkins, founder of Harry Barker decided that one of her first goals when starting the company was to raise awareness and support for the community. When she heard about the Canines for Veterans program in 2011 her interest was immediate because, as she puts it, “we love what they do, and we will do whatever we can to help the program grow.”  Since then, Harry Barker has been a sponsor and an advocate of this truly amazing program.

Canines for Veterans works on a “Triple Win” concept: rescuing shelter dogs, rehabilitating military prisoners and revitalizing wounded veterans. The rescued shelter dogs are given a purpose by being trained to serve wounded veterans.  The military inmates’ rehabilitation is enhanced by their responsibility for training the dogs.  The service dogs are then able to retrieve, carry objects and provide stability for a wounded soldier. Most importantly, the service dogs provide love and companionship that help the transition for select veterans who are disabled by serious physical and mental injuries.

Harry Barker offers a line of products which includes fetch balls, collars and leashes and a canine favorite: CFV Peanut Butter Dog Treats. The recycled steel tins are filled with 12 ounces of all-natural treats baked in the U.S.A. The treats are then packed by people with disabilities as part of a skills training program through The Hope Center of Charleston. Harry Barker donates a portion of the proceeds from the Canines for Veterans product line to the organization. Our favorite part of being involved is getting to see the pups off to their new, happy homes and giving treats and toys to each and every graduate (dog AND veteran) of the program!

Harry Barker has had a truly enjoyable and rewarding experience working alongside Canines for Veterans and will continue to do so in the future.

Come see two American heroes, wounded veteran Dean Suthard and his service dog Esther, at the Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market on Thursday, July 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Fieldstone showroom, Building 2, space 912.

–Lindsey Griffin

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