Latest blogroll addition- K9 Pride

April 29, 2008 at 10:00 am | Posted in Deployment, Dogs, Military | 2 Comments

After my first post on MWDs, I received an email from Sgt Mike Dowling. SGT Dowling served as a Marine Corps K9 handler from 2001-2005, including a deployment to Iraq in 2004 with Rex. He has recently started a blog dedicated to Working Dog Teams and sent me a link. I spent quite a bit of time at his site after receiving the link and really liked what I saw. The site is a great mix of stories, pictures and videos. He even has a page about adopting MWDs that presents a unique perspective of the benefits of adopting an MWD.

One of the pictures included on the site is one of my favorite MWD pictures ever. This is Zeko, an explosives detection canine (photo by Spc Barbara Ospina). Isn’t he cute in his doggles?

I love the way the doggles look on the MWDs, but they also serve a purpose. Sgt Dowling has a great post on how the elements impact the MWDs and what the handlers do to help them deal with the physical environment they work in.

Sgt Dowling also has great videos of MWDs in action in his posts. Check the one on this post out. Don’t you love the way the dog pulled the decoy out during the vehicle extraction? This video has great information about MWDs and how they are trained. I have to say though, my favorite so far is this video:

That’s one smart dog- he knew how to get what he wanted out of his handler!

The videos and the pictures are great, but I think what I like the most is his first-person perspective. I’ve read about MWDs and K9 teams and have even written a little bit about them on this blog, but it doesn’t compare to reading what Sgt. Dowling writes about his own life and experiences. If you do nothing else, be sure to check out this post about his MWD Rex. If you do, I have a feeling you’ll soon decide to read more.



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  1. AWESOME!!! Thanks so much for this post you are a great writer. I am still learning how to include links and operate my blog but I did figure out how to add links to my blogroll and congrats you are the first to be added! Semper Fi

  2. Thank you for adding this site to your blogroll. I don’t have a huge “audience”, so being on mine won’t get you too many visitors :) I really do enjoy your writing and love hearing about working with the MWDs from your perspective. You also do have some truly hilarious videos!

    I’m pretty new to the whole blogging thing myself, but am starting to understand wordpress a little. Feel free to email if you have questions and I’ll try to answer. Most of what I know I learned by just messing around and seeing what would happen if I clicked on buttons. I didn’t have much to lose at the beginning and I haven’t blown up the internet yet, so it’s all good.

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