Man’s Best Friend

Military Working Dogs

ADANA, Turkey – A retirement ceremony held March 23 in the 39th Security Forces Squadron guard mount

Photo by Senior Airman William O’Brien

room honored a hero who began his Air Force service shortly after birth.
A Belgian Malinois military working dog named Max, who arrived at Incirlik

in April 2002, retired because of deteriorating health conditions caused by age. Max moved in with his adopted owners, the Ball family, a few weeks ago while the squadron planned his formal retirement.

“He’s developing hip dysplasia due to age; that’s why we determined it’s time for him to go,” said Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Tomkiewicz, 39th Security Forces Squadron kennel master. “He wants to work, he’s got the mindset to, but his body just can’t hold up. So we did the disposition process, and it just worked out.”

Ever wanted to have a hero of your very own? Here’s your chance.

Military Working Dog Adoptions

and Finally:

The US War Dog Association

Make certain you have a lot of tissues handy. Stuff will keep getting in your eyes, and your allergies (whether you actually have them or not) will act up, something fierce.

and if you want to continue down this particular trail of tears:


War Dog Memorial

NSFW due to overwhelmingly depressing material.

On that note: Always Spay and Neuter your pets. There are hundreds of private rescue organizations for every breed of domesticated animal out there.

Large database of rescue shelters

How to find low cost/no cost spay/neuter programs within your area.

Or just contact a local shelter or city animal control. They are usually more than willing to assist in finding the right animal for you, as well as point out programs that provide low cost veterinary assistance, if there are any within your area.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, as I have many years of experience in working with rescue animals and volunteering with non-profit shelters. I would love to assist, if you want help deciding what kind of animal is right for you, your family, and your lifestyle. There are literally millions of dogs and cats that are in shelters across the US, and most of them will be euthanized.

The One-Eyed Dog was a resident at a local animal control, when I got him back in 2002. I got a call from a local shelter that I worked with, and was told that he was scheduled for euthanasia in one hour. The facility was a half an hour away, and I got there just in time.


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