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Saturday, January 14, 2006

MWD"s (Working Military Dogs)

91T: Animal Care Specialist

Major Duties: The animal care specialist supervises or provides the care, management, treatment, and sanitary conditions for animals, with a primary responsibility of prevention and control of diseases transmitted from animal to man and comprehensive care for government owned animals.

I just received an email from Devon:

"Hey i was reading your blog, and i reread mine..if anyone asks to help out the MWD's..tell them to do what u sending tennis balls, chewies and what not..idk if chewies are allowed based on their diets, but if you can find out the info that'd be great..but toys and any other necessities the doggies may need..or if they have money to donate to the training facilities or clinics..most clinics don't have the highest grades of machines that my training facility does here at ft sam..we'll talk more bout it soon...

MWD's are a favorite of mine.
So I started checking out sites that pertain to the history, care and support of the K-9 Units. I thought I would list them here so to be available for your perusal.

"The United States War Dogs Association, Inc. is a nonprofit organization of Former and Current US Military Dog Handlers and supporting members committed to promoting the long history of the Military Service Dogs, establishing permanent War Dog Memorials, and educating the public about the invaluable service of these canines to our country."
"Over 2000 dogs died in World War I. At the end of the Vietnam War, our military left most of the American war dogs there. Approximately 2800 of the 3000 who served. "
"Without Them We Would Be Honoring More Names On Our Memorials..."
"We remain totally committed to the belief that every K9 Hero should be remembered. We will work hard to ensure that every Hero Dog is remembered accurately, honestly, and with dignity."
This is a website from Germany and has a worlwide history of war dogs.
A good resource for info and photos and links to other sites. (Vietnam Security Police Assc.)

'Vets' Provide Multiple Missions in Al Anbar'
'Food Inspections, Canines Keep Veterinarians Busy'
"Fort Sam Houston dedicates facility to Jennings" (the new, 30,000-square-foot home to the 91T Animal Care Specialist Course. 91Ts),13190,K9_081105,00.html
"Keeping K-9s Cool"

"Kindness to K-9's"
"Supporting Our Deployed Service Members and The Mascots They Love"
"Caring For America's Canine Heroes"
"A NationWide & Global network of Individual Foster Homes that will house, nurture and care for the dogs, cats, birds, horses and all other pets for all the Military personnel Only."
You can specify a care pkg to go to the K-9 units.

And of course ~

"Soldiers, K-9 Partners Work to Deter Attacks"
"THEN AND NOW The Dogs of War Laid Their Lives on the Line for U.S."
"SFS military working dog section honors one of its own"
"Heroes stick together" (must read!)

There are many more stories and if you have one of a K-9 Hero and would like it posted, email it to me and I'll do just that.
Or if you know of any other support sites, I'd be glad to know about them too!