Working Dogs

Canine Companions Senior Leadership Attends Sergeant Rex Book Signing

I generally don’t talk much about military working dogs here, although I have occasionally, but I just read Sergeant Rex: The Unbreakable Bond Between a Marine and His Military Working Dog  a few weeks ago – super book, definitely recommend you read it.

I also discovered a little Canine Companions for Independence connection after I read the book that I want you to know about since you probably haven’t heard about it anywhere else.

Sergeant Rex: The Unbreakable Bond Between a Marine and His Military Working Dog
I found out last week that Corey Hudson, CCI CEO, and Paul Mundell, National Director of Canine Programs (who has also … Read More

Don’t Try This At Home

I see a lotta working dog pictures, but this is a first (at least for me), so thought I’d post it here for a little change of pace.

Just saw it on Twitter from the Australia Defence Force: “Defence photo of the day. A Royal Australian Air Force Military Working Dog jumps through a ring of fire at Australia Defence Force Academy Open Day.” (Click the photo for a much larger image.)

And if you don’t like it or think it’s cruel, contact the ADF, not me, OK?  I think it’s really something else.… Read More

Labrador Retrievers In Combat As IED Detector Dogs

One of the best Military Working Dog articles I’ve seen is in the Marine Corps Times today, and this one’s about a very specific subset of MWDs – Labrador Retrievers who are trained to work off leash as Improvised Explosive Device Detector Dogs.

Marines train at the K2 facilities near Marston, N.C., to use bomb sniffing dogs. The dogs work off the leash and will be assigned to the same Marine for the whole deployment to Afghanistan.

“Dogs becoming essential in fight against IEDs”

Doesn’t pull any punches in describing how dangerous a job this is or how tough life can be for these dogs, but also gives you a real look at how much their handlers love the dogs and the relationship they have.

I know there are … Read More

Police K-9 Koda Memorial Service Held In Utah Yesterday

A quick follow-up to my last post about Koda, the police K-9 killed by a fleeing robbery suspect on New Year’s Day in Midvale, UT.

Koda’s memorial service was held yesterday – here’s a very sad but moving video of the service that’s definitely worth watching.

Memorial service held for fallen police dog

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Salt Lake County DA’s Office Writes $10,000 Check For New Police K-9

I didn’t write anything about this incident when it happened New Year’s Day because it was such a sad story, and I didn’t really think we all needed to hear one more sad story.  Still very sad, but now something smart has come from it, and seems to me it’s a model that oughtta be adopted everywhere.

The sad part is that Koda, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois working dog in Midvale, UT, was shot and killed by a suspected robber who was himself killed by police during the same chase.

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