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Semper Fido is a non-profit organization committed to the rehabilitation of service members and veterans that have been injured while defending our country and have been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or traumatic brain injuries (TBI). It has been proven that using dogs for mental, as well as physical rehabilitation, can greatly benefit these warriors recovery. Dogs will be obtained from a number of sources including, but not limited to breeders, rescue groups and shelters.Semper Fido, Inc. is committed to helping in the rehabilitation of these brave warriors while saving unwanted animals from shelters and rescues. Our service dogs are obtained from a number of sources including, but not limited to, rescue groups and shelters. Our organization benefits both parties involved; those who sacrificed themselves for our freedoms, and the dogs that may have had no hope of a forever home.

Each service dog is trained over the course of a 4-6 month program. During these 4-6 months, the service members bonds with the dogs by feeding, walking, playing with and grooming them. The service member is taught to use the commands the dog has learned from professional dog trainers. Upon completion of the program, the team graduates and receives certification as a service dog team. The dog then goes home with the service member.

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Veterans often suffering alone, seem to silence themselves because of the stigma still attached to psychological injuries like PTSD. The dog can calm them down and get their minds off of everything going on in their lives by focusing on the dog not themselves.

For warriors with PTSD, it has been documented that a dog helps with emotional regulation. Patients who are very anxious and have anger issues find they can’t work with a dog if they yell. They must have a calm voice. Working with a dog helps build confidence and bridge the gap with strangers. More often than not the response and the bond is immediate.

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A veteran with PTSD has sleep disorders and often awakens to find him/herself soaked in sweat from the nightmare of war. With his/her Working Support Dog they are able to sleep. Simply having a dog around allows the warriors to trust the dog to assess the safety of their surroundings, as the dogs have a much keener sensory capacity than people.

The Patriot Fund is a supporting sponsor of Semper Fido!

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS!

As we get ready to graduate our most recent class, we are now reviewing applications and setting up interviews for veterans in need of service dogs for their PTSD or TBI.
It’s free of charge to the veteran.

We are a volunteer organization and rely on donations for training, veterinary care and feeding of the dogs throughout their up to 6 months of training.

Please pass along this message to anyone who may be in need of a service dog and, if it’s in your heart, please donate to help us help them!

Over the past 14 ½ years, Clif Wyck Farms Kennels has established itself as a respected dog and cat boarding facility for almost every need, providing every pet the love, care, and attention they deserve as if they were our own. We are greatly appreciative of our clients and the trust they have put in us, but after long and hard consideration, we have decided to enact some changes for the betterment of our staff and ourselves.

Effective October 1st, Clif Wyck Farms Kennels will be downsizing our kennel operation, which will reduce the number of boarding clients at any one time (not including dogs attending our Board & Train program). We advise all clients that are considering boarding at Clif Wyck in the near future to contact our office to confirm availability and book their stays.

The kennel office will have adjusted business hours and will now be open Monday through Friday from 9:30 AM to 11:45 AM and 1:30 PM to 6 PM for admissions, discharges, Doggy Daycare, and food order purchases. We will be open on Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM for admissions, discharges, and food order purchases. VDN purchases can also be completed with our K9 Basics trainers on Saturday from 8 AM to 12 PM. Doggy Daycare will continue its standard operating hours of 7 AM-10 AM for drop-off and pick-up no later than 6:25 PM. The kennel office will be closed on Sundays after October 1st, hence there will be no admitted or discharges on that day.

We never have and never will warehouse dogs for boarding or Doggy Daycare. For the safety and well-being of dogs and staff, the number of dogs we bring in at any one time is based on the number of staff available and working daily. In today’s environment, employee staffing has become nearly impossible to maintain for larger counts of dogs. We hope to reduce/eliminate the current waitlist that we understand has caused some frustration for clients, old and new, who have been looking to bring their dogs in more frequently. We appreciate the patience and understanding that we have received from our valued clients thus far.

Effective October 1st, the following pricing increases will be in effect. These increases are due to a variety of reasons, such as the continuing cost of COVID (paying for sick time and overtime), increased cost of supplies, labor costs, and inflation.

Effective October 1st, the following pricing increases will be in effect. These increases are due to a variety of reasons, such as the continuing cost of COVID (paying for sick time and overtime), increased cost of supplies, labor costs, and inflation.

The boarding package pricing will be as follows:

  •  Bronze ([1] boarding day and [1] 10-minute walk/play): $58.25 per day
  • Silver ([1] boarding day, [2] 10-minute walks/plays, and [1] treat of choice daily): $72.50 per day
  • Gold ([1] boarding day, [3] 10-minute walks/plays, and [1] treat of choice daily): $80.25 per day
  •  Platinum ([1] boarding day, Stay & Play/[2] 15-minute walks/plays on “off” days, and [1] treat of choice daily): $82.45 per day

The Doggy Daycare pricing will be as follows:

  •  Per single day
    (1) dog: $40
    (2) dogs: $70
    (3) dogs: $100
  • Per (5) day DDC package
    (1) dog: $185
    (2) dogs: $340
  • Per (10) day DDC package
    (1) dog: $350
    (2) dogs: $675
  • Per (30) day DDC package
    (1) dog: $875
    (2) dogs: $1,500

We look forward to the future of Clif Wyck Farms Kennels. We will keep you updated as these changes come to fruition.

Sincerely,
Brian & Lisa Berg

The Patriot Fund, Inc.

The Patriot Fund is a supporting sponsor of Semper Fido! Semper Fido is extremely grateful to The Patriot Fund, Inc. for their continuing support and
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