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The United States War Dogs Association

 

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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