June 18, 2024

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Kountry K-9 provides free boarding for veterans seeking medical treatment

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Kristie Carr, owner of Kountry K-9 Groom and Board, holds Honey (left) and Jake.

RIPLEY — Jackson County veteran Jerry Elswick had been postponing his medical treatment since May because he couldn’t find anyone to watch his dogs. It got to where he couldn’t put it off any longer.

Then Kountry K-9 stepped in to help. 

Kristie Carr, owner of Kountry K-9 Groom and Board in Ripley, offers free boarding for veterans while they’re seeking medical treatment. Elswick was the first to take up her offer. 

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Gloria Husk, founder and CEO of We Have Your Six, a group that helps veterans in need, learned about Elswick’s situation and posted on her Parkersburg-based nonprofit’s Facebook asking if anyone could watch his dogs.

She was just hoping a kind stranger with farmland would offer to take the dogs while the owner was in the hospital. Then Carr reached out. 

She had never heard of a boarding facility offering this she was speechless. 

“I was just blown away that she would do this,” Husk said. “This is the way that she makes a living … it’s just amazing that she would do something like this.” 


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