A moving story about pets and vets

November 7th, 2013 at 11:27 am by under 2 KASA Style

Veteran’s Day is next week and we’ve been recognizing and honoring our men and women who serve all week.  Today, however, I have to say I was a little choked up during one of our segments.  I sat down with co-founder of Paws and Stripes, Jim Stanek, who shared with me his story of how his service companion has helped him battle the terrible condition of PTSD.  As Stanek relayed to me, the wounds many of our vets face are internal and often invisible.  Because of this, many vets have an extremely difficult time dealing with their condition or finding support for it.  Fortunately, Paws and Stripes exists to carefully match a service dog with a vet based on their specific needs and chemistry together.  Stanek’s touching story and mission hit me to the core and I feel honored that I had my brief time with this amazing vet.

I also had the great opportunity to sit down with some local boys doing good in a wholly different manner.  Richmond, the musical duo based in Albuquerque, have just released their new video, Feels Like Home, which celebrates all things New Mexico.  As part of the New Mexico Department of Tourism’s New Mexico True campaign, the song and the video are a beautiful reminder of the gem that we call the Land of Enchantment.  You can see the video right here on our website and on their YouTube page here.

Another duo making a difference in New Mexico are Joanna Miller and Amy Kindrick from the Adoption Exchange in New Mexico.  This national organization works with older kids looking for an adoptive family.  Over the past 30 years, they’ve matched over 7,000 children with families and their work continues.  They’ll be hosting their Annual Fundraiser next weekend at the Crown Plaza in Albuquerque, complete with raffles, cocktails and more.  You can find out more online here.

Dynamic duos abound on Style today!  Two of our good friends, Dr. Dean Bair and Kristie Bair of Bair Medical Spa stopped by to shed some light on the sometimes mystifying subject of neuro-modulators.  Better known by the brand names of Botox, Dysport and Xeomin, these treatments, in the skilled hands of an expert -and as Dr. Bair alludes to, an artist- can shed years off your look without leaving you stiff or “frozen.”  Learn more at Bair Medical Spa’s website.

And I topped off my day with a delectable pie courtesy of Chef Johnny Vee.  He shared with us the secret to making a yummy pie crust -Vodka!  It helps enrich the gluten within the flour and makes a hearty dish (Style’s the only time I cheat on my gluten-free diet! :) .

Lots more coming up tomorrow on 2 KASA This Morning and 2 KASA Style… btw -did you see our pic of the day?  A throw-back to 1974 in Corrales.  We were well ahead of the curve when it came to environmentally-friendly options for home-building.  Good for you, New Mexico!


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