Adopting a U. S. Military Service Dog
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The United States War Dogs Association

Roxi  J168

 

I'M FINALLY GETTING MY DOG. I HAD ASKED BARBARA FOR A

BLACK AND TAN FEMALE SHEPHERD. SHE HAS 2; SO I'M GOING

ON THE 19TH OF JUNE AND COMING HOME ON THE 21ST. I HOPE

EVERYTHING GOES WELL. I KNOW I'LL LOVE THEM BOTH.  IT WILL

BE DIFFICULT TO CHOOSE.

 

I'm very happy to say that I have a beautiful black and tan GSD. She

is beautiful and adapted so well. It's like she always lived here. Her

name is Roxi  J168. I enjoyed the trip and everyone at the base was

very nice; just wish I  had more time to get to know Texas .I was going

in circles for awhile. It was fun and interesting. Roxi is 2 1/2 years old.

She will be 3 on Oct.3rd.

She is a great companion.

 

I would like to thank you for all your help by telling me how to go about

adopting a us war dog.I really appreciate it and i am so happy with Roxie.

She is very special.

 

 RHEA J CHAPMAN

 

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Adopting a U. S. Military Service Dog - 2005

By:  James W. Kessel, Vietnam Veteran/Dog Handler

 

 

K-9 Benn                                                
Age 8
German Shepherd
Male
Retired Military Working Dog
Service Number A246

                                                                         Not much is known about Benn prior to 2001. It seems all records were lost due to a computer glitch. What is known is, like most new recruits, he joined the military at a young age. Proceeding through basic and advanced training he was sent to his first assignment. The only difference being, Benn is a 4-legged soldier. To me Benn is a protector, teacher, and most important a healer. First the protector: At some military installation he did what his ancestor’s before him had done, protected what he was assigned to protect, but more important, protected the life of the individual at the other end of the harness. Like those who have gone before him, he will without hesitation give his life for his “human” buddy if the need arises.

Now the teacher: After what I estimate to be 4 years, K-9 Benn was sent to the Military Working Dog Center at Lackland AFB,
Texas
to assist in the training of future canine handlers. Records indicate that Benn accomplished twenty training cycles. Twenty individuals who hopefully paid attention to the veteran and maybe learned something that will save their life in the field, should they be unfortunate enough to face combat conditions.

 

Benn has retired from San Antonio, Tx. to Valdosta, Ga. and is taking retired life very well. He doesn't even wake up when the cat trips over him.

James W. Kessel

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James W. Kessel is a former K-9 Handler who served in Vietnam with K-9 Duke and K-9 Marat. James has never forgotten his two K-9 companions who served side by side with him in Vietnam. James returned to the USA when his tour was up, but Duke and Marat had to stay behind.


Last year James had a chance to apply for adoption [application]of one of the US Military’s K-9’s who would be retiring this year.


Prior to the passing of  MWD Resolution HR 5314, this would not have been the case. An automatic death sentence would have been imposed when Benn could no longer function or perform his assigned duties. He was one of the lucky ones. Unlike those who walked before him, he could be saved.

 

James took advantage of this new law and applied for adoption and last month James drove to Lackland AFB and picked up his new K-9 Companion, “BENN”.

 

I congratulate both James and K-9 Benn. Thank you for your story and may the two of you enjoy a quiet life together where our past K-9 Teams could not.

 

Ronld L. Aiello

President

U S War Dogs Association

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Proud New Owner: Betty O’Neil, Nashville, TN

K-9: Reza, female

Age: 12 Years

Belgian Malinois

Discharged:  June 13, 2005

Service No.: Z112

 

Her military records were lost prior to 2001, but it was discovered that she

was purchased by the Army for the purposes of detecting mines. Nothing else

could be found pertaining to her history. From 2001 until I adopted her she

was stationed at Lackland AFB as a K-9 training aide. In her four years

there, she helped train 45 handlers and their dogs. With her attitude and

stubbornness, I’m sure she was the teacher, not just the aide.

 

The drive from San Antonio back to Nashville was a bonding experience for

us. Now she doesn’t leave my side. Cats and wildlife she ignores, but shows

some aggression when she sees a large dog. She thinks she is the alpha dog.

When she’s sees a police officer or someone in a military uniform, she

ignores me and gets all excited and goes up to them and sits by their side

as if she’s found a long lost friend. I guess I’ll have to buy some

fatigues.

 

Reza has adjusted well to civilian life, but does miss her work. So

everyday, we have to go out at least twice and do a workout to make her feel

useful. She is my constant companion, physical trainer and comedian. She has

DJD (Degenerative Joint Disease) in her hips and a thyroid problem. But I

couldn’t have found a better dog or friend anywhere. I’m very proud to own a

four legged soldier.

 

Betty O'Neil

 
 
                      See Reza's Photo below
 
 

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