MWD FFischer

MWD FFischer

Unfortunately FFischer became ill and was unable to recover despite everyone’s best efforts.

RIP Hero FFischer
25 June 2002 – 29 June 2015

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MWD Baddy J473

MWD Baddy J473
U.S. Marine Corps Ret.
Sponsored Since August 2014
** MWD Baddy crossed the Rainbow Bridge 25 February 2015**

Baddy J473 is a retired Marine Corps Military Working Dog (MWD) that is diagnosed with prostate cancer. I am his previous handler of 2 years and a Marine Corps veteran finishing my undergraduate education at the University of Southern California.

The best care option I can give him to prolong his life while retaining quality is intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) which is outside of my financial capabilities.

Once MWDs are retired the federal government fails to provide any medical assistance to these warriors that served so selflessly. He is a fighter and has a warrior spirit; I know with IMRT we can surpass even the most optimistic estimation but we need your help first.

Semper Fi-ght On, Baddy!!!

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CWD Braum

CWD Braum
Contractor Working Dog, Ret.
Sponsored Since November 2014
**EOW: 5 January 2015**

Braum was a Patrol and Explosives Detection Dog with American K9 Detection Services. He and his handler Crystal were together in Afghanistan from 2006 to 2014.

Braum also suffers from C-PTSD which is triggered by fireworks, gunfire, and thunderstorms. As a result of this, he had to get a few teeth removed from an injury sustained while kennel spinning.

On December 15 2014, Braum was diagnosed with cancer. He has growths in his nose that makes it difficult to breathe at times.

 

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MWD Aron F300

MWD Aron F300
Patrol Explosives Detection Dog
U.S. Air Force Ret.
Sponsored Since February 2014
**EOW: 30 April 2014**

Retired MWD Aron F300, out of Kirkland Air Force Base has completed 3 tours in Iraq, one to Kuwait, and has worked numerous times with the Secret Service for “Presidential Guard Duty”. As a Patrol Explosives Detection Dog, Aron saved countless lives of his fellow Service Members.

He was retired in 2011 at the ripe age of 9 and adopted by Jo, who made it her mission to reunite this hero with his last handler. “On June 19, 2013, I loaded up the last of our “stuff” into a newly-purchased motorhome for what turned out to be a 5 week adventure through Canada and on to Anchorage, Alaska. I took Aron there to have a reunion with his former Air Force handler, Robert Black, who is now stationed there.

We arrived at Robert’s home on July 2nd and waited for him to get home from work. Even though they hadn’t seen each other in 7 years, Aron immediately remembered Robert so I let go of the leash and filmed the reunion. It was fantastic, happy, heart-warming, emotional…the list of descriptive words could go on for a long time. We stayed at Robert’s house for 6 days, allowing for a wonderful visit for the two of them…it was great to watch them be friends & buddies. I also enjoyed spending time with Robert, his Son and their MWD, Sany. Robert treated us like family. We left Alaska on July 8, toured Alaska some, then headed back to Albuquerque, NM through Canada.

We arrived at our home on July 21. He was very happy to be back home but I’m sure he is having thoughts of Robert and he probably always will. He is a happy boy, is very well loved by many friends, family and neighbors. AND, I might add… Aron has pretty much stopped the constant barking since I adopted him. A “doggy shrink”, a few long trips in the back seat of our truck and in the new motorhome has greatly reduced the noise! The first 5 or so minutes of a trip there is some barking, then usually only if he sees (or hears) a motorcycle or bicycle or a person walking.

He sleeps, relaxes and seems to enjoy the trips. He knows what “NAUGHTY” means and normally stops the noise and sits behind me watching what’s coming through the windshield. I love Aron so much and the way watches over me with those big, intelligent, brown eyes, tells me that he loves me, too. We are a perfect adoption match.”

Unfortunately, since adoption, he has required about $4,000 worth of dental work and another $4,000 on a surgery for an injured shoulder.

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This July 2, 2013 photo, shows former Military Working Dog, Aron, outside MSgt. Rob Black’s home in Eagle River, Alaska. Aron’s owner, Jo Johnson, drove more than 3,600 miles from New Mexico to reunite the two. (AP Photo/Alaska Journal of Commerce, Matt Tunseth)

MWD Max L386

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MWD Max L386
Patrol Explosives Detection Dog
U.S Air Force Ret.
Sponsored Since September 2013
**EOW: 22 November 2013**

On Sep. 18, 2013 I adopted Max L386 a retired explosives detection/patrol dog and brought him to his new family and home. Our story is a bit unique in that we did not have a wait before adopting.

After a considerable amount of decision making, by My wife and I we submitted an application to adopt a Retired MWD. Included in our application was our history of caring for Medically needy animals and a willingness to adopt a dog knowing it was in need of extra care. The next day I received a call from Lackland AFB that there was just such an animal and that although he still needed behavioral testing he would be ours if we would have him. We were surprised and ecstatic.

After some communications and a clearance, we were finally told that I could come to Texas to pick up Max. I made arrangements to fly to Austin on Tuesday Sept 17, rent a car and drive to San Antonio where I would go to a local Pet Store and buy the necessary gear for taking max back home in California. I checked into a hotel close to Lackland AFB and attempted a night of sleep. On Wednesday Morning I went on base, picked up my pass and drove out to the 341st and met with the great folks who would process the paperwork and introduce me to Max. I also was asked to meet with Max’s Veterinarian so I could get some more details on his history and was handed his records. After the meeting with the vet, Max was brought out to meet me and we finished the paperwork.

One of the issues Max is dealing with is Lameness in his rear legs and it makes it effectively impossible to jump so he ended up finding a comfortable position in the foot wells of the back seat in the rental car for the drive back to Austin Airport. We got to the cargo area, and got him prepared to travel back to San Francisco Airport. I picked up my car, max and off to home where we got set up to surprise the kids with a new household pet. When The rest of the family got home. Max was very interested in searching the house and clearing it for entry so I let him walk the whole inside on leash before he felt comfortable. I’m not sure he knew what to make of the whole thing, but when the family got home he started to get the idea. The whole family has fallen in love with max. He’s big and acts a bit like a cranky old man, but melts once we have a chance to pet and scratch him. He loves going for walks with all of us, but neither of the kids even weighs as much as he does much less is strong enough to lead him so it’s always with one of the adults. Max does have a number of problems, some we knew about on adoption, and some we didn’t. We knew he had Hypothyroidism and some Arthritis.

One of his first stops was to the Vet we used when we had cats (one was Hypothyroidic also) for an assessment and it was clear there was more attention he needed so he went back on Friday, Sep. 20 for X-Rays and Bloodwork. We now know that Max has a metal plate in his right hind leg that was part of a TPLO (Tibial-plateau-leveling osteotomy) procedure to fix a Ruptured CCL (Cranial CruciateLigament) he received on duty. (This came along with other related injuries such as muscle tearing and a damaged meniscus.) Sadly, The Radiographs shows that max has the same injury in his left knee and probably needs a similar procedure on his left side that he’s already had on the right.

These injuries has lead to some pretty severe Arthritis in both knees which causes him considerable pain, although he refuses to show it most of the time. His blood work is being checked to see what kind of pain medication he can tolerate.

It’s only been a week, but he’s starting to feel at home now, and is enjoying some much deserved rest and relaxation

MWD Deni E006

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MWD Deni E006
Explosives Detection Dog
U.S. Navy Ret.
Sponsored Since January 2014
**EOW: 6 January 2014**

Deni was received at Lackland AFB, TX on 4 Jan 2002 and was enrolled in the Explosive Detection Course. On 20 Mar 2002 Deni was certified for detection of 8 of 9 odors. On 08 August 2002 he was certified on the 9th odor.

MWD Deni was received on board NAS Fallon K-9 in May of 2002. On March 2007 he was transferred to NAWS, China Lake. On 11 Oct 2007, he was reassigned to NAS Fallon.

On 25 January 2008 MA2 Urias was assigned to MWD Deni. Together the team was responsible for the safe visitation of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON), Commander Navy Region Southwest (CNRSW), the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF), and the Vice President (VPOTUS). Also during their tenure the team was called out on multiple occasions for suspicious vehicles, gate runners, and to conduct authorized searches (search warrants). Their most notable find was over 1,000 rounds, clothing, and gun case used in a shooting and illegally transported on base.

MWD Deni was retired in December 2008 and was diagnosed with LumbosacralSpondylosis. MWD Deni has been receiving treatment for the past 6 years. Unfortunatley, MWD Deni will not be with us much longer, but at the age of 13, we can rest knowing that he has had an amazing, career and retirement.