LITTLE ROCK, AR, January 30, 2008 – Sgt. Randall Vallee, a Bronze Star winner and disabled veteran from the Gulf War was not looking for charity when he posted a message on the Ducks Unlimited Waterdog message board searching for information about where and how to buy a new puppy to hunt with his family. As you can imagine, he got the shock of his life over the next few days as the Waterdog message board members showed him what veterans mean to them.
One of the first people to respond to his question was another partially disabled vet, CW2 Tim Wright of Dixie Brit Gun Dogs, who not only thanked him for his service to our country, but also offered him a free chocolate Labrador Retriever female puppy from his last litter. However, there was one problem; the puppy had to get from Wright in Hartselle, Ala., to the Vallee’s home in Las Cruces, N.M.
That was when Waterdog members decided to pitch in with everything from gas money to help with transportation, and offers to drive the pup to retriever training materials. Stanwood Motorsports organized donations from other Waterdog partners including: one year’s worth of free dog food from Eukanuba, Mossy Oak® Duck Blind® hunting gear, Avery Outdoors, Inc. donated a Pro-trainer’s bag, and Dogtra contributed a training collar.
The pup started her cross-country trek on Sunday, February 10, 2008. She will be handed off to Kevin White at Mack’s Prairie Wings, the famous waterfowl outfitter located in Stuttgart, Ark., where Wright, White and the pup will get an on-camera interview with the host of Waterdog, Justin Tackett. From there, White, the puppy – aptly named Dixie Brit’s Waterdog Dream Come True (yes, she will go by Dream) -followed by a camera crew, will continue to Sealy, Texas, to meet Vallee and his wife Vickie, and continue to her new home in New Mexico where with just a little more luck Vallee and his new pup will enjoy many years as best friends.
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