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Rory Sabbatini supporting troops with dog tags

Rory Sabbatini is expanding his support of U.S. troops by giving new meaning to dog tags.

Sabbatini, a South African native who is married to an American, has been involved the last two years in a program called "Birdies for the Brave," donating money for every birdie he makes on the PGA Tour.

Now, he has hooked up with Banfield, The Pet Hospital, to raise money for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which supports U.S. soldiers and their families who have been affected by military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

People can buy pet tags for $2 at Banfield hospitals and TPC courses around the country, with all proceeds going to the fund.

"Everybody gets attached to their pets," Sabbatini said. "We thought a feel-good issue with pets, try to raise some money and awareness, and expand it further for the families of the Intrepid Heroes Fund."

Given the minimal cost and affection for their pets, Banfield executive vice president John Payne expects to be able to raise about $500,000 for the troops. Banfield is a privately owned veterinary practice that has more than 600 locations in the United States, the United Kingdom and Mexico. He said 70,000 people come through their clinics each week.

Sabbatini also will have a logo of the "dog tags" program on his golf bag.

He has two miniature Dachshunds, Chloe and Zoe, and thinks so highly of them that Sabbatini had their names stitched onto his head covers a few years ago, with his son's name (Hartley) on the other.

"My daughter didn't even make it into there," he said. "They're part of our family. It's really a great way to expand on trying to get people involved in supporting the troops. Two dollars for most people ... they go into a pet hospital and see this, and it's kind of like the Lance Armstrong bracelet for cancer."

January 3, 2007


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