New lives for old dogs

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Throughout the ages, dogs have served as a valuable asset to militaries everywhere. In modern times they continue to serve with U.S. Soldiers in some of the most dangerous conflicts ever. Prior to the year 2000 when a military working dog was retired from service it was euthanized, but on…

Dog teams use training as opportunity to build rapport

CENTRAL TRAINING AREA, OKINAWA, Japan – Military working dog handlers and their dogs executed explosives and narcotics detection, patrolling and bite work training Aug. 7 in the Central Training Area, Okinawa, Japan. During the scenarios, the dogs searched for hidden narcotics and explosives along a trail and in a building. The patrol training involved dogs…

Dogs Bombs and Drugs … K-9 Training

  BARSTOW, Calif. – Law enforcement K-9s and their handlers from the Marine Corps Police Department K-9 Section on MCLB Barstow engaged in training to detect explosives and narcotics, Sept. 2. The training included simulations of real world scenarios, encountered locally and internationally, in which K-9 teams have been called out for detection of various…

Marine reunites with military dog

HOUSTON – U.S. Marine Corps Corporal Jonathan Cavender reunited Wednesday with Military Working Dog Maxi, a Belgian Malinois with whom he served with for two years in Japan. “From the moment I became her handler I knew that I wanted to be the one that gave her a loving home after all of her years…

Military showcase all around dogs

PUYALLUP, Wash. – Dogs, dogs and more dogs were lined up in rows at the Puyallup Fair’s animal barn. This was no kennel; rather these dogs were on display and on their best behavior as crowds of people came to see them. The military canine was one of the highlights on Sept. 7, the opening…

Soldiers give affection and attention to abandoned animals

DAEGU, South Korea – Eleven Soldiers across Camp Henry volunteered at “Hana’s Animal Shelter,” located in Palgong mountain, June 7. Using teamwork, they trimmed, washed and cleaned the shelter’s dogs for five hours. This volunteer project was planned by the 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command and Lee Gwang-han, a participant in the unit’s Good Neighbor Program,…

A Soldier of Another Breed

FORT POLK, La. – Man’s best friend. Fido. Spot. Whatever you may call them, having a dog by your side is as American to some as apple pie. And while a rifle may be a Soldier’s best friend in most cases, for Sgt. Alfonzo Sanchez, his best friend is Cuki, a military working dog (MWD).…