Resources

This is page contains helpful soldier-dog-oriented resources. If you would like to help these dog teams, or to help the dogs get the recognition they richly deserve, these will be valuable and save you time searching the Internet. Please let me know if you recommend a group or site, and I’ll check it out.

 

US War Dogs Association

 This top-notch group does everything possible for military working dog teams. Members of the United States War Dogs Association, under the leadership of hugely dedicated founder Ron Aiello, send CARE packages for deployed dogs and their handlers, educate the public about military working dogs, help fund war dog memorials, aid in the adoption of military dogs, and reach out to support handlers coming back for deployment. Click here for the group’s Facebook page.

 

 

K9 Heroes

This is the lovingly and painstakingly updated Facebook page of Nicole Arbello, author of the book, K9 Heroes. It’s an excellent resource for the latest in the military working dog world. It’s very popular with those working with MWDs, their friends and loved ones, and anyone who admires military and law enforcement dog teams. Her book, K9 Heroes, is a Kleenex-worthy testament to Nicole’s passion for the topic.

 

 

K9 Writer

The site of military dog historian Mike Lemish. His books, including Forever Forward: K-9 Operations in Vietnam, delve deeply into the history of soldier dogs and their handlers. Mike is the expert on military dog history, and has conducted painstaking research to get the primary sources of his rich material. The site is a good source of historic photos and military working dog information and links.

 

 

Department of Defense Military Working Dog School

Ever dream of adopting a retired military working dog? How about fostering a future soldier dog? (Note: Foster homes must be within a two-hour drive from San Antonio, Texas.) This defense department site offers basic info on these programs and the MWD program in general. Click on the lower right corner of the page to download a PDF about fostering a Belgian Malinois pup.

 

Vietnam Dog Handler Association

The missions of this group include educating the public about the accomplishments of dog handlers and dogs during the Vietnam War, helping with war-dog memorials, and providing fellowship among dog handlers of all US Armed Services. I met the group’s current president, Fred Dorr, at a MWD event in Southern California – a great guy (with a very nice wife) who deeply cares about dogs and handlers, past and present.

 

 

Running military dogKevin Hanrahan

United States Army Major Kevin Hanrahan shares his passion for the military and its working dogs with heartwrenching and insightful writings from an insider’s perspective. Hanrahan is behind the start of the Army’s TEDD ( Tactical Explosive Detector Dog) program, which brought hundreds of extra paws to the fight in Afghanistan. He is at work on a novel about MWDs he began writing during down time on his most recent deployment to Afghanistan. Plus he advocates for all veterans – two and four legged. Click here for his Facebook page.

 

Von Liche Kennels

This large facility in Indiana has trained up police and military service dogs for more than 5,000 law enforcement and government agencies. They obviously use a lot of trainers, all of whom are former military or civilian police dog handlers. Because they’re still growing, they sometimes have handler positions open. Worth sniffing out if you’re a military handler at the end of his/her military career but want to stay in canine.

Olive Branch K9

Olive Branch K9 is owned by Antonio Rodriguez (Arod), longtime Air Force military dog leader and one of the key people in Soldier Dogs. OBK provides comprehensive solutions for domestic law enforcement, international police forces, and private security organizations.  The consultancy is comprised of personnel with diverse backgrounds in law enforcement, security, and global high-risk operations.

 

K9 Soldiers

This group is involved in several important aspects of the world of military working dogs. Among them: Filling requests made by MWD handlers downrange, helping fund a foundation to assist with medical benefits for retired MWDs, influencing MWD legislation, and advocating for research into canine PTSD and stem cell therapy for these dogs. They also train and provide ADA service dogs to veterans returning from war with PTSD. Facebook page here.

 

Feed the Dawgs

“The Feed the Dawgs Project is a culmination of United States Military Vietnam K9 Veterans, Active Duty Military Working Dog Personnel, and patriotic citizens joining together to support and recognize the dedication and patriotism of today’s Military Working Dog Teams around the globe.  The United States Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy deploy Military Working

“Dogs in many regions of the world in support of global peace and stability.  We feed steak barbecues to active military dog handlers in all branches of United States service as they return from or ‘ship out’ for ‘deployment’ to the front lines on the War on Terror.”

 

Military Working Dog Adoptions

Debbie Kandoll, aka MWD Crusader, provides phone numbers for military dog facilities all over the US and advice on how to go about adopting retired military working dogs and retired contract working dogs. This group, which is in the process of seeking 501c3 nonprofit status, is also behind legislation to help bring military dogs back to US soil if they are retired overseas.

 

Military Working Dog Teams National Monument

This group has created plans for a beautiful, simple, national monument to military working dogs. It would be the first military dog monument on a national level, and will make its home in the Washington, D.C., area. The organization is in the process of raising the money to make this long-awaited memorial a reality.

 

 

Julie Schrock

There are some wonderful resources out there for those who have had a loved one die while in service. There’s TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors), Gold Star Wives of America, and American Gold Star Mothers, to name a few. And then there’s Julie Schrock. She lost her son, a Marine dog handler I feature in Soldier Dogs, to an IED in Afghanistan. (I can’t write any more here because this is not the place to tell his story.) Since his death she has devoted her life to inspiring people via talks and a book to live the best lives they can, and to cope with losses. (You will hear a good deal about God during her talks, if that’s a consideration either way.) She has been through so much, and is a true inspiration, whatever your religious views. This mom of a hero is a hero herself. You can reach her at schrockllc at comcast dot net and learn more.