Multimedia personality Bobby Bones is one busy man. From his hosting gig on the nationally syndicated radio show The Bobby Bones Show to his return to American Idol as a full time mentor, the Arkansas native and reigning Dancing with the Stars champion is literally always on the run.
But he will always stop for a cause that means something to him.
Indeed, as an avid philanthropist, Bones has helped raise millions of dollars for various causes such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, veteran initiatives, and much more. And now, the two-time NY Times #1 bestselling author and stand-upcomedian has decided to devote some of his precious time to a cause close to his heart.
Purina Dog Chow recently kicked off their second annual “Service Dog Salute” campaign to pay tribute to our country’s veterans and the loyal dogs that serve them. Up to 30 percent of American military veterans experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after returning home from combat, according to the National Institute of Health. Yet, very few ask for the help that they so desperately need.
And Bones wants to change that.
ONE COUNTRY: You have always been such a dog lover. What have your dogs offered you throughout your life?
BOBBY BONES: “Let’s just say that I never told a girl I loved her, but I have told two dogs that I loved them. (Laughs.) Because of my dogs, I guess you could say that I found love somewhere, even if it means they poop in my bed. (Laughs.)
ONE COUNTRY: But seriously, dogs have really helped you get through the rough times of your life, right?
BOBBY BONES: “Oh yeah, I’ve had issues with anxiety and anxiety attacks and that’s really why I got my first dog. Basically, my therapist told me to.”
ONE COUNTRY: What was it about Purina Dog Chow’s second annual “Service Dog Salute” that made you want to get involved?
BOBBY BONES: “Well obviously, I love dogs. I’ve done a lot throughout the years with different dog charities, but the more I heard about the ‘Service Dog Salute,’ the more I knew that it was something I wanted to get involved with. I mean, I never knew how expensive service dogs were! I also wanted to get out there and make sure that veterans know how to get these service dogs if they need them. These service men and women need to be treated like the heroes that they are.
ONE COUNTRY: You have always been a proud military supporter, haven’t you?
BOBBY BONES: “Believe me when I tell you this. I know that I get to do what I do because these veterans fought for my freedom. I get to say dumb things for a living because they have fought to give me that right.”
ONE COUNTRY: What can fans do right now to help in this effort?
BOBBY BONES: “From now until November 1, you can go to the store and buy specially-marked bags of Dog Chow Complete Adult. For every purchase, Dog Chow will make a donation, up to $100,000, to Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) and their Pets and Vets program. You can also just use this as an opportunity to tell a veteran who is curious about getting a service dog more about how these service dogs can help combat the symptoms of PTSD.
If you or a veteran you know could benefit from a service dog, or to learn more about Dog Chow’s efforts, visit DogChow.com/service.