ap-paws for canine veterans

On this Veterans Day, celebrate a retiring military hero, who served his or her country, and only demanded a little attention from the handler for a job well done. From an article in Military Times this past September, there are dogs who need homes now, and the military is seeking applications from military-, law enforcement-, and experienced civilian- handlers to adopt these animals. To be approved, you need to meet certain standards. And travel to Joint Base Lackland, San Antonio, Texas for the adoption. Click here for the Air Force bulletin.

Alas, neither of my two dogs were MWD (Military Working Dog) material. Both are great dogs in their own way, but Comet, when he gets burrs in his paw on walks, waits for me to attend to them and massage his paw afterward. The other, Dexter, lets just say he is obsessive about going after gophers, but only growls at people he knows. When strangers come to the door, he wants me to lead the way. Though he does alert for gophers.

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