Back To The Dogs ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: mwd

I love reading about Military Working Dogs and their handlers.  Of course, having an Army Vet Tech as a daughter who married a dog handler might have something to do with it.  Though, once you see these special four-footed Soldiers in action, it’s hard not to want to keep up with them.

So, let me introduce you to a few more:

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Tech. Sgt. Matthew Mosher stands with Zix, his military working dog March 1, 2012, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Military working dogs spend hours interacting with their trainers to familiarize canines with common tasks. Mosher is a military working dog handler assigned to the 354th Security Forces Squadron.

Play a little, learn a lot: MWDs, handlers learn to trust

Story by Airman 1st Class Yash Rojas

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska – Few bonds compare to the one that exists between a man and a canine, and the success of military working dogs and their handlers often depends on that bond.

Military working dog handlers appreciate the importance of building a partnership with their assigned dog, knowing the sooner trust exists between the two, the more effective the team.

It is a relationship the 354th Security Forces Squadron military working dog section works tirelessly to build.

Trust may be the single most important concept in dog handling, said Staff Sgt. Nicholas Drake, 354th Security Forces military working dog trainer.

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Injured Marine to be reunited with combat dog

An injured Marine and Purple Heart recipient has won a campaign to adopt the wounded combat dog she partnered with in Iraq.

The U.S. Air Force has agreed to release the dog, Sgt. Rex, into the care of  former Cpl. Megan Leavey, 28,  so that the two can live a civilian life together, MyFoxNY.com reports.

Leavey and Sgt. Rex were injured in 2006 while disarming an explosive IED. After Leavey was discharged in December 2007, she asked to gain custody of the 10-year-old brown German Shepherd that she calls her partner.

Leavey’s first attempt at adopting Sgt. Rex was denied, and he was returned to service after recovering from his injury.

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Old Air Force dog taking new friend with him into retirement

By Charlie Reed

Stars and Stripes

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YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Col. Otto Feather retired Friday with another old dog from the Air Force — a 10-year-old Belgian Malinois named Elra.

Decommissioned as a military working dog last year, Elra recently was adopted by the outgoing 374th Airlift Wing commander.

“She just seemed like an old pal from way back,” said Feather, who met the dog during a K-9 demonstration at Yokota in October. “We just hit it off.”

Like every working dog retired by the military, Elra was classified as “excess equipment” before she was adopted.

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A bipartisan bill introduced in Congress last month seeks to provide veterinary care for canine retirees.

“These dogs are friends, compatriots, comrades in arms, and they really deserve better,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., told Politico earlier this month. He and Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., are sponsoring the bill.

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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kenneth Holt, 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, practices suspect take-down bite drills with K-9 unit Ben K326 at an obstacle course for MWDs at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., March 15, 2012. All K-9 units assigned to Cannon are dual purpose patrol and detections canines responsible for protecting base personnel and resources.  (Photo by Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal)

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Also ~ I recently discovered a terrifically wonderful blog by a dog handler who is in the process of writing a novel about MWDs.  Go over and check it out!  (I’m pleased to say that that the heroine in the story is a Vet Tech. *smile*)

Kevin Hanrahan

(Kevin has) “twenty years of Army service, his experiences as a company commander in Iraq and his experience as the Deputy Provost Marshal for U.S. forces in Afghanistan.  While in Afghanistan, Hanrahan was instrumental in spearheading the surge of dogs into Afghanistan and lobbied the Army to adopt an innovative and life saving explosive detecting dog program.

He has served three combat tours and was awarded two Bronze Stars and an Army Commendation Medal for Valor.  He currently resides in Poquoson, Va with his expecting wife Megan and their two dogs, Sammy and Stella.”

I’m so looking forward to reading his book, Paws On The Ground.

(Keep at it, Kevin!)

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