Military Dog Picture of the Week. (May 16th, 2012) K9 Trials!
Hmmm, who do you think is doing more work? This was taken during the grueling Iron Dog portion of the DOD K9 competition, on Day 3, of TSgt Larry Brown and MWD Ooakley (a puppy program dog!), representing the 341st itself! Check out this Mal’s mouth. It really goes allll the way back. It’s part of the reason Malinois are referred to as mailigators. A classic photo by my fabulous photog, Robin Jerstad. (Photo copyright Robin Jerstad)
Army Sgt. Elisabeth Wienke, the only female handler in the competition, lifts her military working dog, CChance (another puppy program Mal!) over one of the obstacles on the course. She makes it look easy, but it’s definitely not. (Photo copyright Robin Jerstad)
Here, a handler wearing full gear and a pack containing a sandbag collects himself during a long and arduous crawl with his dog at his side. This part of the event came after the teams had already hiked a few miles and handlers had walked up a large hill carrying their dogs. (Photo copyright Robin Jerstad)
Note: I wasn’t able to attend the Department of Defense K9 trials this year due to the arrival of our baby boy. Maria Goodavage, author of Soldiers Dogs, did attend and was gracious enough to allow me use of her photos for this post. I left her commentary in there as well so you can get a gist of her passion for these dog teams. All photos are copyrighted by Robin Jerstad.
Here is a link to an interview and book review I did on Maria’s book, Soldier Dogs: The Untold Story of America’s Canine Heroes.
In case you missed or want to revisit prior weeks photos. Here are the links.
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