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St. Pete’s Kennel is ready to give a puppy to a frontline worker

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Do you know anyone working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic who might need a new friend? Holzerland protection dogsa licensed kennel in St. Petersburg, is looking to donate a puppy to a deserving essential worker.

“With everything going on, we just wanted to find a way to give back. We understand that you are essentially risking your life and we want to do everything we can from our perspective,” said Brianna Holzerland of Holzerland Protection Dogs.

The litter of Belgian Malinois is currently one week old. Holzerland tells WFLA.com that the pup they donate will go through a month of boarding, focused on obedience, before going to their new owner. Holzerland estimates the cost of the dog and the training at around $4,500.

“They’re imported from Mexico, which gives you that darker coloring, it’s called a black sable,” Holzerland said. “At 8 weeks, they usually go home with their new owners or handlers.”

Holzerland explains that the person they choose to get one of their puppies must meet certain criteria, including having previous experience with the breed.

“We are really looking for someone who is a front line worker, law enforcement, someone in the medical field. It could be someone who works in a grocery store. Just someone who has experience with the breed. This does not include Shepard’s, Rottweiler, Doberman, it’s breed specific,” Holzerland said. “They are fantastic working dogs and can be good in families as long as you have someone who is willing to put the fourth effort into training and has experience.”

A winner will be selected towards the end of the month. To nominate yourself or someone you know, email holzerlandprotectiondogs@gmail.com.

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