President & Co-Founding Trustee
Tails of Hope Foundation, Inc.®
Founder of the K9☤ER™ Project
Linda Blick is the President and a founding Board of Trustees Member of the Tails of Hope Foundation, Inc.®. Tails of Hope Foundation (TOHF) is a federally-recognized IRS 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Its mission is to support national security canine teams (military, police, search and rescue) and service dogs for disabled veterans, from deployment to disability, while educating the next generation of canine field professionals.
Mrs. Blick has chaired or co-chaired such high-level events as the 9/11 Tenth Anniversary National K9 Recognition Ceremony (2011), the inaugural Military Working Dog Contingent: War of 1812 to Afghanistan in the 2012 New York City Veterans Day Parade (approved by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta), K9 Veterans Day ceremonies in New Jersey (inaugural event in 2013 to the present) and TOHF’s Youth Ambassador K9 Career Program™ at The White House Conference Center in 2014. She was a co-organizer and co-show runner for the 2019 Animals in War and Peace Medal of Bravery ceremony on Capitol Hill and now serves on the Animals in War and Peace National Advisory Board. She participated in the NATO Expert Military Working Dog Conference in New York City in 2018 and America’s first large interoperability K9 training in 2019 that was attended by all branches of the military, NATO members from four countries, and over 400 federal, state and local canine teams. Mrs. Blick is the co-creator of the K9☤ER™ Project’s cutting-edge advanced K9 training program 2022 and ER mobile surgical veterinary hospital. She currently leads a committee toward national passage of K9 Veterans Day and on developing community support for disabled veterans.
Tails of Hope Foundation is Mrs. Blick’s third international trailblazing project. She achieved international recognition for her work over the past fifty years in clinical and investigative services and as a consultant and lecturer first in domestic violence and now with national security canine issues. Linda has provided lectures and consulting to tens of thousands serving in the military, law enforcement, judiciary, medicine, and other multi-disciplinary professionals and citizens worldwide. She has hosted colleagues from more than fifteen countries. Mrs. Blick served as an expert witness for eighteen years in civil and criminal court, served as the chair of Maryland’s Child Abuse Legislative Committee for nine years, and co-chaired the first White House Conference on Child Sexual Abuse and the first White House National Security Conference meeting on youth careers and national security canines.
Mrs. Blick received the Department of Justice’s Victim Service Award for her testimony before Congress, many other forms of recognition from government leaders ranging from multiple White House administrations to local officials, community and service agencies. Most recently these recognitions have included Woman Influencer Shining Star, Certificates of Appreciation from New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) Special Operations Canine Division (the largest canine counterterrorism division in the US), the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs (a Chapter of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs) as a “Woman of Achievement”, a “Letter of Excellence” from David Kontny (formerly of the US Department of Homeland Security Headquarters and recently retired as Chief of Staff, Joint Program Office for Countering IED, FBI) and a “Letter of Appreciation” from First Lady, Michelle Obama.
Mrs. Blick is a 1994 graduate of the War College National Security Seminar program and Cornell University’s Cooperative Extension Non-Profit Sustainability Program. She holds a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Connecticut with specialties in areas of investigations, national security canines, child and systems development. Mrs. Blick has proudly served with her Certified Therapy Dogs since 1992.