This is how our Therapy Dog, Paprika “Rika” spent part of her afternoon at the VA. I think my heart has melted and is leaking out of my eyes.
As 2021 closes and we are ready to open the door in 2022. We at Operation K9 Beethoven are so grateful to everyone who has been there for us. Our goal for 2022 is to save 22 Veterans, family members, first responders and save 22 dogs One paw at a time. No one will be left behind. So if you are a veteran or a family member or a first responder or know someone who is. Please reach out to us at:
Operation K9 Beethoven
501(c)(3) NJ Non-profit Organization
FB: Operation K9 Beethoven
Help us Help Them One paw at a time.
December 18th, at Harley Davidson of Rochelle Park, NJ, was a very special day. Santa came in for a visit from his busy Christmas schedule to take photos with children, parents, and dogs. Santa wanted to be there this day in particular because of a Veteran who served in the US Army, 1SG John Koch. John is a veteran that suffers from PTSD, and since he retired from the military has felt something missing in his life. John has always given without the thought of receiving anything in return. One day, John came across an organization called Operation K9 Beethoven. This is the reason why Santa wanted to be at Harley Davidson of Rochelle Park this day.
Operation K9 Beethoven is a non-profit organization that provides Emotional Support Dogs to Veterans, First Responders, and their family members who suffer from PTSD at no cost to them. The workers at Operation K9 Beethoven are all volunteers who want nothing more than to help those who serve, One Paw At A Time. . The dogs placed in Operation K9 Beethoven’s program are rescued from Euthanasia lists, brought back to health, temperament tested, and will then attend training at their training center.
1SG John Koch applied to Operation K9 Beethoven to receive an Emotional Support Dog to help with his PTSD. After Operation K9 Beethoven got to know more about John, his family, and his life, they knew that they had the perfect dog for him and his needs. Harley came into our program, and she never once gave up on herself. She fought for a family that she could love and care for and would love her back most importantly. John needed Harley to be complete, but Harley also needed John to be complete as well. They have been brought together to start their journey of recovery together.
Harley Davidson of Rochelle Park has been a paramount supporter for Operation K9 Beethoven. From arranging events to fundraisers or bringing awareness to who Operation K9 Beethoven is. They have done it all without any hesitation or motives. For Operation K9 Beethoven, it is a blessing and honor to have the support of Harley Davidson and the people who work there. Even more so to be able to help a Veteran and Harley come together with Santa and everybody else who was there to join in making it an unforgettable moment as they start their journey together.
Arpi & Beethoven enjoying their evening at Picco Tavern
At our year anniversary mark for Operation K9 Beethoven we think about everything we have been through, everyone we have helped. We remember the stories we have heard from the many Veterans who applied throughout this past year and the lives of each dog that we've saved or rescued. This past year has touched us in ways we never thought possible. We have truly changed as people and in our hearts we know we know we will never be the same again. We are even more devoted to our mission now then when we first began this journey.
Today, for our anniversary celebration, Bergen County Harley Davidson in Rochelle Park, NJ, held our celebration event. For this past year, whenever we needed anything done, Harley Davidson has been there no matter what it was. Answering questions, setting up events, advertising, donating money when we just started, donating time helping us create our graphics, designing logo's, creating and editing videos and so much more. Bergen County Harley Davidson has been like a parent that guides their children to us here at Operation K9 Beethoven. They have made sure that our dream of "Helping Those Who Serve, One Paw At A Time" could come true. But never controlled what we did, the direction we went in and only wanted for our success. We can't express how grateful we are to you with thanks alone. But we hope that you know that each and every Veteran and First Responder we reach and help, is
because of your belief and guidance.
Here's to years of working together in the future. No matter where we end up, how far we spread, please know that we will never forget how we got there. Because the truth is, without you, we wouldn't even be here today.
K9 Beethoven was greeted with woo hoo's, huge hugs, smothered in kisses and was so happy to see so many happy faces today! The Veterans and the National Guard missed him as much as he missed them! K9 Beethoven had a busy day filled with lots of love and can't wait to return to see all of his friends! Thank you for having us NJ Veterans Home at Paramus! We'll see you soon.
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