By Carla Olivo, Marine Spouse

One of the hardest things to deal with when you are in pre-deployment mode is the thought of leaving behind family and friends. At the top of that list is the family pet. Our fur-persons are our confidants, trusted companions, a part of the family. And leaving them behind when duty calls is one of the most stressful parts of deployment.

DoD 5K for Fido

Enter Dogs on Deployment whose mission is to give military members peace of mind when it comes to their pets during their service commitments. DoD provides a central network for military members to find volunteers willing to board their pets while they are deployed or have other service commitments, making them unable to temporarily care for their pets.

And now we can all help the cause by joining Dogs on Deployment  (DoD) for their first annual Pet & Family Trot (PFT) Virtual 5K to help protect military pets. Grab the kids and run, jog, or walk to support this great cause!

The beauty of a virtual race is that you can walk, use the treadmill, run outside or participate in another race and have it count for the DoD 5K. Run your race at your own pace wherever you like, however you’d like. You can complete your race at the gym on a treadmill, a practice run in town, or a stroll in the park.

A Unique 5K

This 5K is being run on the honor system, so no proof is required to race, but feel free to upload your pictures to PCSgrades’ facebook page and please include the special fur-persons in your life. We will share with the folks at DoD. All DoD 5K race participants, both human and canine, can download a race bib and will be mailed a finisher’s medal.

Throughout the month of August, DoD will have fun challenges for you and your dog! And there are also some awesome prizes up for grabs! So what are you waiting for? Register for the DoD Pet & Family Trot Virtual 5K, grab a leash and get moving with your fur-person!

Author: Carla Olivo, PCSgrades Strategic Communications Director, previously served as the Director of Communications for Operation Hug-A-Hero and as the Media/Community Relations Officer for the Delaware Department of Transportation. She has garnered numerous TV industry awards including the Associated Press award for Spot News Reporting, and Documentary Reporting. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, a retired USMC Lt. Colonel, their two children. You can follow her on Twitter @olivowriter.