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K9 Heroes of 9/11 Tribute Videos

Posted in Miscellaneous, Tribute Videos, various k9 videos, Various Teams with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 11, 2008 by wardogmarine

Today is the 9/11 anniversary. It is a day we honor those we lost and those that fought so bravely to save lives. It was one of those days we all remember where we were when we first heard about what was happening. I was in Marine Corps boot camp. I had just arrived to boot camp one month earlier. Little did I know what was about to happen and where that path was going to lead me. Several years later, one tour of duty with my dog completed, several friends KIA, and a whole new outlook and appreciation of life later I am proud to have served my country and honor those who lost their lives that day. 

9/11 changed our world. It also skyrocketed the demand for working dog teams. Never before has there been such a high demand for search and rescue dogs, detection dogs, etc. Even to this day dog teams continue to be on the frontlines all around the world and here at home protecting our freedom. These videos are dedicated to our canine heroes of 9/11. Thank you to all those who put these together. 


Military Working Dog Video Tribute: “At Your Side”

Posted in Military Working Dogs, Tribute Videos with tags , , , , on August 26, 2008 by wardogmarine

Great video tribute by “AbbyK9” you can visit her blog by clicking here: Abby K9

Help Build A New Military Working Dog Memorial!

Posted in Military Working Dogs with tags , , , , , , , , on August 1, 2008 by wardogmarine

A memorial in Florida was dedicated to the military working dog teams today. During the dedication they retired five MWD’s (military working dogs). One of the handlers is Air Force Tech Sergeant Rebecca Lind who I attend handler’s course with in 2002. Watch the video below and listen to all the great experiences and accomplishments these fine mwd’s had throughout their careers.

However the memorial is not complete yet and needs YOUR HELP! Phase one of the memorial has been completed but they still need $20,000 two complete phase two. For the article about the dedication click here MWD Memorial Dedication

To learn more about or make a donation in helping build the memorial click here MILITARY WORKING DOG MEMORIAL

Iraq Base Mourns Loss of a K9 Team Member

Posted in fallen handlers with tags , , , , , on August 1, 2008 by wardogmarine


One of the most difficult times a war dog handler faces is the loss of his military working dog. At a base in Bali Iraq, it’s not just the handler that is mourning the loss of mwd Goro but the entire base. The mwd’s are more than just a detection dog, they bring morale up and remind troops of their pets back home. They ease some of the stress and tension that can be brought on by war and they are usually very popular with everyone in the units they work with. MWD Goro was eight years old and passed away from bloating, which is when the stomach turns out of place which prevents gasses from escaping the stomach and becoming poisonous, a common cause of working dog’s deaths. The full story can be read here. Mourning MWD Goro

MWD Goro
MWD Goro
ALI BASE, Iraq — This collage honors the life of Military Working Dog Goro — Feb. 1, 2000 – July 28, 2008. Goro and his K-9 handler, Staff Sgt. Sean Neisen, deployed to the 407th Air Expeditionary Group Provost Marshal Office from the 435th Security Forces Squadron at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. (U.S. Air Force illustration/Senior Master Sgt. Russell Dodson)  

K9 Tribute Video/NYPD K9 Unit

Posted in Tribute Videos with tags , , , , , , , on July 21, 2008 by wardogmarine

Another great K9 tribute video by a proud handler in New York named Dave Machin from the NYPD Transit Bureau K9 Unit. Thanks for showing some K9 Pride Dave! You can view all of the NYPD Transit K9 teams here

This is a great video giving an inside look into the NYPD K9. I found this video here

Memorial Day K9 Tribute

Posted in Dog poems, dogs, Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 26, 2008 by wardogmarine

Dogs do not have the option of enlisting in the military. Yet, after they are chosen and trained, they stand next to their handler willing to give his life for him. When a war dog locates a bomb, or a large cache of weapons and explosives, or even deters an attack we do not hear about it. It isn’t covered on the news, you won’t see it in the newspapers, and chances are we will never know about it. However we, the handlers, know. The Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, and Seamen who just had their lives saved know. The war dogs also know, and usually receive a special meal at the end of the day.

This blog is dedicated to these dog teams year round, but today I want to say an extra prayer and remember not just those dog teams that have given their lives but all dog teams worldwide who continue to be on the front lines. God bless them all.

A Working Dog Poem

And he said, Behold man, created in my image. Therefore adore him
You shall protect him in the wilderness, shepherd his flocks,
watch over his children, accompany him wherever he may go;
even unto civilization.

You shall be his companion, his ally, his slave. To do these things,
God said, I endow you with these instincts uncommon
to other beasts: faithfulness, devotion, and understanding
surpassing those of man himself.

Lest it impair your courage, you shall never foresee your death.
Lest it impair your loyalty, you shall be blind to faults of man. Lest it
impair your understanding, you are denied the power of words.

Let no fault of language cleave an accord beyond that of man with
any other beast; or even man with man. Speak to your master only
with your mind and through your honest eyes.

Walk by his side: sleep in his doorway: forage for him, ward
off his enemies, carry his burdens, share his afflictions;
love him and comfort him.

And in return for this, man will fulfill your needs and wants-
which shall be only food, shelter and affection.

So be silent, and be a friend to man. Guide him through the perils
along the way to the land that I have promised him.

This shall be your destiny and your immortality.

So spoke the Lord. And the dog heard and was content.


Cpl. Dustin J. Lee(R.I.P.) and MWD Lex-Semper Fi

Posted in fallen handlers, Marine dog teams, Tribute Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2008 by wardogmarine

Dedicated to Marine Cpl Dustin Jerome Lee. Born April 7, 1986, Killed March 21, 2007 in Fallujah, Iraq.
He was 20 years old. Dustin was born in Meridian, MS, graduated from Quitman High School in 2004.
He was stationed at MCLB, HQ BN in Albany GA, before deploying for Iraq.
Cpl Dustin J. Lee was a Marine K9 handler attached to 3rd Recon Battalion in Fallujah when the attack happened.
His dog Lex received injuries but non life-threatening.
UPDATE: LEX was Adopted by Dustin’s family on December 21, 2007.
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Dustin’s shadow box created by Frank DeAngelis

Marine Bomb-Sniffing Dog
8 Years Old. Wounded in Iraq War
Retired 12-21.07
To The Lee Family


Poster of all Micahael Reagan’s illustrations.