Local Hero – Protecting Our Best Friends

Alisa Johnson is one of those people who believes her dogs can see into [her] soul. So it was heartbreaking when she and her husband, Shawn, received orders from the U.S. Marine Corps to relocate to a base in Quantico, Virginia, where dogs and other pets were not allowed. “We didn’t really have an option…

Marine Corps veteran Adam Carter, a Hometown Hero

For 26-year-old Adam Carter of Lubbock, military blood runs deep through his veins. “My grandfather, he was in the Air Force. I had a cousin, he had just gone into the Air Force, my father was in the Navy,” said Carter. But Carter decided to join the Marine Corps instead.  “It’s something I wanted to…

Cocaine, police dogs help 4th-grader win science fair

  An ounce of cocaine doesn’t usually come with a blue ribbon, even in Miami. That didn’t stop Emma Bartelt, 10, from winning first prize in the science competition at Coral Gables Preparatory Academy with the help of three drug-sniffing hounds and 28 grams of the illicit white powder, all provided by the Miami-Dade Police…

Inmates, ‘paws’ for a cause

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Lago and Laredo aren’t the typical residents of a correctional facility. The brothers, having never been convicted of any crimes, eat, sleep, live and play behind imposing security fences among the inmates and military guards of the Northwest Joint Regional Correctional Facility on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Read more: http://www.dvidshub.net/news/101152/inmates-paws-cause#.UQimMz4OBlk.facebook#ixzz2JcXKN3r9 Read…

DOD’s longest-serving working dog retires

1/28/2013 – MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho  — For a few weeks in January, MHAFB held the distinction of having the longest-serving military working dog in the Department of Defense. Base leadership, fellow Defenders and other members of the Gunfighter family came out to say farewell to Tanja as she left the 366th Security Forces Squadron kennels…

When does Drug order become residual?

In a review of recent case law, in which I focused on a trend toward statistical analysis of K-9 team deployments versus real finds of actual drugs, I was forced to examine what factors have led America’s K-9 handlers to the precarious position in which they find themselves. Unfortunately, I have discovered that in many…