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Marines get special holiday at yacht club

OCEANSIDE — Fifty United States Marine and families stationed at Camp Pendleton got a taste of home on Thanksgiving when the Oceanside Yacht Club and Stone Brewing Company joined “paws” with Pet Assisted Therapy dogs from Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS).

Marines from Camp Pendleton enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner courtesy of the Oceanside Yacht Club, along with lots of fuzz therapy from pups from the Rancho Coastal Humane Society. Courtesy photos

During the annual “Thanksgiving with the Troops,” Yacht Club members took Marines and their families for boat rides. When they returned to the harbor, they were greeted by Love on a Leash certified therapy dogs and a Thanksgiving turkey dinner prepared by the chef at the Oceanside Yacht Club.

“Rancho Coastal Humane Society is honored to be included in ‘Thanksgiving with the Troops’ for the first time,” said RCHS Community Liaison Nick Winfrey. “Those of us who have served in the military understand what it’s like when we have no family in the area and cannot go home for a holiday. Our hope is that the yacht rides, Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings, and the therapy dogs made the day memorable.”

Members of the Oceanside Yacht Club had gifts for their guest families, football on television, card games and hands-on interaction with the therapy dogs.
RCHS does not charge for Pet Assisted Therapy visits to extended care facilities, schools, libraries, hospitals or shelters for victims of domestic violence. “You can’t put a price on the unconditional love of an animal,” Pilon said,

For more information about Pet Assisted Therapy visit RCHS at 389 Requeza St. in Encinitas, call (760) 753-6413, or log on to