Category: Dog Advocate
The RG-31 Nyala, a 4×4 multi-purpose, mine-protected armored personnel carrier (APC), shook and U.S Army Sergeant Daniel Sandoval instinctively reached for his military working dog.
They had just been hit!
Was everyone in the vehicle all right?
Was he all right?
How could this happen on his first mission?
Were he and Military Working Dog Bony going to end up killed in action on his first mission like Lenny and MWD Tiki? What the hell was going on?
Just three days before they had finally left Bagram airbase and headed to Camp Arena in the desolate Regional Command- West. This area was close to Iran and naturally influenced by that powerful Shiite Muslim country.
Where they were was quieter than some of the other places nearby, but there existed pockets of intense resistance to the new Afghan government, especially with the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security … Read More »
Two weeks has passed since my surgery and I’m doing much better. Thanks to everyone for your well wishes! I’m still having trouble sleeping because of pain in my shoulder but, it looks like something I’ll have to deal with for some time.
Physical therapy is on my own right now. I will see the doctor next week. He was pleased with the results of the surgery but there was a lot more damage than he originally had seen from the MRI- hence why the surgery lasted over six hours.
Last week I bought an indoor bike since I won’t be hitting the streets anytime soon. It’s not the saddle I’d prefer to be riding but it will do for now. I’ll be back on the road riding my bike next spring. Not on the bike that was destroyed though!
I’m still out of … Read More »
Military Working Dog Bony needs a home! The Grey Wolf, Bony is retiring from the Army and SGT Daniel Sandoval is looking for a good home for his loyal friend. Daniel can’t adopt Bony because he has three small children and Bony needs to go to a home that doesn’t have small children.
Bony H383 is a ten year old German Shepherd. He is a patrol explosive detector dog (PEDD) and has one deployment to Iraq and two to Afghanistan to his credit. He has numerous explosives finds to his credit.
It is highly recommended that Bony’s future owner be a prior canine handler who is familiar with the patrol portion of a working dog. If you want Bony, and are not a prior handler, you will have to sign a waiver stating that you understand that Bony may bite.
Medical … Read More »
U.S. Army Sgt. Clevaun Fluellen, 3rd Military Police Detachment dog handler, says his goodbyes to Duuk, 3rd MP Det. explosives detection military working dog at Fort Eustis, Va., Sept. 9, 2013. Duuk was adopted after eight years of military service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin Harvill/Released)
Last week I had the opportunity to say goodbye to Military Working Dog Duuk after eight years of service to our country. The 11 year old German Sheppard was assigned to my kennel at Fort Eustis, Virginia.
MWD Duuk is a bundle of love who still has the heart and mind of a working dog but his hip dysplasia is beginning to get the better of him.
As I listened to our Kennelmaster, Sergeant First Class Walker, brief Duuk’s new owner, I was elated to hear that MWD Duuk’s was allowed to received … Read More »
Recently, I wrote an article for The Mobility Resource that detailed the death of K-9 Spartacus, a three year old Belgian Malinois. Police K-9 Spartacus was left in the patrol vehicle by Police Officer Chad Berry for a reported 10 hours, in temperatures that reached the low 80s.
At 9:00 PM on 17 June, 2013, K-9 Spartacus was found dead in a city issued patrol car, apparently from heat stroke. The vehicle was at the home of K9 Officer Berry, K-9 Spartacus’s partner and handler.
The Woodstock Police and Pickens Sheriff’s Office conducted investigations into Spartacus’s death. A necropsy later confirmed the death was caused by heat stroke.
“Spartacus had been seen for an annual physical examination and vaccines on Feb. 21 and was found to be in good health at that time,” Woodstock Police Officer Milligan said.
According to Brittany Duncan, public … Read More »
Army Private First Class Jeremy Wirths was elated to be one of the 17 chosen from 175 volunteers in the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division to become a Tactical Explosive Detector Dog (TEDD) handler.
But could he really just pick up a leash and find explosives with a dog in Afghanistan?
Weren’t those dog teams highly trained and had years of experience together?
The traditional dog handler candidates attended the Department of Defense Military Working Dog School at Lackland for 14 weeks and were trained by experienced military handler instructors—generally the military’s best of the best.
Jeremy was being trained by mainly ex-military and law enforcement handlers for nine weeks at a civilian company, Vohne Liche Kennel, featured in the National Geographic show “Alpha Dogs”
Surely the … Read More »
3 a.m. came way too early and John couldn’t will himself out of his rack. He was lying on the air mattress his wife Cara had sent him on the wooden bunk bed he’d made. His combat gear was laid out on the top bunk easily accessible and ready to don at a moment’s notice.
It was the middle of the winter, below freezing, and John had a thin poncho liner covering his body. His roommate was covered in a pile mink blanket purchased from the locals. John didn’t need any of that.
Snoring filled the otherwise quiet mud hut and John already knew it wasn’t his roommate, the Green Beret Team Medic, snoring. No, it was his blockhead partner, Honza Bear.
The 100-pound labardor retriever—a.k.a., The Heater—was curled up so tight against his body that John could feel the dog breathing.
For some … Read More »
After the first day of below the surface training, Military Working Dog Chuck was looking good. Much to the relief of U.S. Army Sergeant Noah Carpenter, Chuck was picking things up quickly.
Training subsurface was more challenging than training above the ground where you simply hide an explosive. The scent cone—the area around the explosive to which the scent has traveled—of an above the ground training aid spreads wider in the air and provides a dog with a larger window to bracket the scent and pinpoint the source.
With buried explosives the scent doesn’t travel as far and, generally speaking, goes straight up. There is a very small scent cone and a very small … Read More »
Story by Staff Sgt. Jason Ragucci
ARGHANDAB, Afghanistan – An infantryman has many additional duties when assigned to a company during combat operations. For Spc. Jerome Fryar, he has traded his semi automatic weapon for a three-year old yellow Labrador named Marley.
Before Fryar could deploy with Baker Company, 4-17th Infantry Regiment to Afghanistan, he had to pass the Tactical Explosive Detector Dog or TEDD program at Fort Bragg, N.C. First Brigade, 1st Armored Division sent 25 soldiers to the class and only eight passed successfully.
“When Marley came out the kennel with a trainer and I saw this beautiful yellow lab, I knew I wanted him,” said Fryar from Hampton, S.C., “I used to have a yellow lab named Cocoa when I was 10 years old. The trainer came up to me and said that if I want Marley, I got … Read More »
Army Sergeant Nick “Kevin” Smith looked around the C-17 Globemaster airplane and marveled at the expansive inside. It was a massive hollow shell. No wonder they could fit three Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles in there.
The guys called the C-17 the Cadillac of Air Force airplanes and, comparatively speaking, they were right.
In the old C-130 Hercules they could barely squeeze 64 Soldiers in that tin can, never mind that the troops had to sit knee to knee on netting with their gear on their laps.
About 250 seats were jammed into the belly of the aircraft strapped to cargo pallets … Read More »