Adoption next stop for MWDs servicing country

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Once military working dogs retire from service, they are placed in an adoption program that finds them a permanent home, said Rodney Sparkowich, the adoption disposition coordinator for the 341st Training Squadron. “Basically when a dog’s service life has come to pretty much the end and they’re ready to…

Man’s best friend’ is adopted by fallen Marine’s family

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Marines with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion and local community members gathered at the Military Working Dog Kennel here to witness a man adopt his late son’s K-9 partner. Salvador Diaz, father of Staff Sgt. Christopher Diaz, a dog handler with III Marine Expeditionary Force, adopted a military working…

Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — The saying goes that a dog is a man’s best friend, but in the eyes of the Provost Marshal’s Office dog handlers here, military working dogs are considered fellow warriors. Therefore, Marines treat their military working dogs the way they would a fellow Marine. One…

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

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…

Remember to honor dogs during Memorial Day as well

On this Memorial Day weekend, we all owe a profound debt of gratitude to the brave men and women who have sacrificed to protect this great country.  This weekend we remember and honor those who have fallen in their service.  That list of names doesn’t just include people.  Highly trained dogs play an important role…