This is Posha.  He has been nominated by MWDTSA to the AKC’s Award of Canine Excellence.  Read his story and the stories of other nominated heroes on our website at www.mwdtsa.org.

Sadly, we have lost Posha to cancer, but we fully support honoring this amazing dog for his role in his handler’s receipt of a Navy Cross, the second Highest Combat Award that can be received after the Medal of  Honor.  Their Navy Cross is the highest award ever received by a dog handler while actually working his dog.  I am honored and humbled to call Billy a friend.  Please join me in wishing Posha’s legacy the honor it so richly deserves.

Just stopping by to brighten up your day!

Thanks to Susana Lynch at Fort Benning’s 209th MP Detachment.

Thanks to Burt’s Bees, we got some wonderful donations of In Kind products to include in our 2nd Quarter Care Packages. Natural Toothpaste and Tips and Toes Kits, with special collections of wonderful skin care lotions and salves. Who doesn’t love natural?

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Please check this great company out at www.burtsbees.com

We included the Burt’s Bees products into a larger bag that we laughingly called the “Hoof and Mouth” bag because it contained many personal care products for dental care and foot care.

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Thanks to one of the recipients of the “Hoof and Mouth” bag who photographed her Burt’s Bees items on top of the bag.

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I photographed squads of handlers. All I asked them was to be consistent in their poses- whatever they chose. Love all of these guys….what a great day.

Some chose formal…..

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While we were packing our boxes, one of the volunteers said that she had heard from some of her Tri-Athlete buddies that Lara Bars were “to die for yummy”. Apparently, that is true. One of the handlers fessed up that the first thing out of the box while unpacking was a Bananas Foster bar that was quickly consumed and thoroughly enjoyed. Thanks to our friends at Small Planet Foods!

Airforce MWD Chrach (pronouced Crash).

I adore these photos. And, even more special is that this is a team to which we’ve sent a care package. I would have loved to have included at least one of them in our 2014 calendar, but the DPI isn’t quite high enough. Which means I’m delighted to share them with all of you now.

Photos by Staff Sgt. Marleah Miller

This is Air Force Staff Sgt. Jessie Johnson and her MWD Chrach (pronouced Crash).

Air Force Staff Sgt. Jessie Johnson and her MWD Chrach (pronounced Crash).

This is Air Force Staff Sgt. Jessie Johnson and her MWD Chrach (pronouced Crash).

Air Force Staff Sgt. Jessie Johnson & Chrach patrolling the streets.

This is Air Force Staff Sgt. Jessie Johnson and her MWD Chrach (pronouced Crash).

Air Force Staff Sgt. Jessie Johnson & Chrach bonding.

You can probably tell, MWDTSA has been VERY busy with packaging and shipping care packages, with very little extra time to update the Blog. We have so many items that we didn’t present photos of everything, but here is a sampling of our “Play Ball” box contents….

We included baseballs, baseball books, baseball decorated dog cookies, a dog ball and bandana.

We sent water flavoring to change up the water that the handlers need for hydration.


We sent Xyla gum in Peppermint.


We sent Larabars….


We packed with and shipped over zip loc bags provided by Family Dollar


We sent over Peanuts and Cracker Jacks…..


We sent over personal care items, many of them donated by four generous donors.


We sent over dental care products.


And, Gold Bond.


Courtney volunteered with MWDTSA during her senior year in high school She’s now a rising Senior and future veterinarian and is still supporting deployed dogs.


All together, we packed and shipped over 150 packages in the past week. Whew!


This wonderful donation of Pet Care products by Paul Mitchell was donated by Krisellen. I hope to have more of these donations sorted out and prominent in the July newsletter! Thanks to everyone who donated funding, products, time and effort. Can’t wait until these boxes start arriving down range.

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Thank you to this great group of BBQ chefs, cooks and servers who were kind enough to put together a BBQ fundraiser in support of Military Working Dogs and their handlers. We drove over to Cartersville and spent an hour or so with great company. The food was yummy; wish all of our supporters had been in the area.

Here are some photos of the guys cooking, the ladies who were serving and a single shot of Deborah Kornow, the brains behind this event! Deborah’s brother was a Navy dog handler and another of the ladies had a son who was a Marine dog handler out of Camp Pendleton.



U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Erick Martinez, military dog handler, inspects his K-9, Argo II, paws for any damage on Mar. 04, 2011 at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Dog handlers inspect their K-9 on a daily basis to promote good health. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Allen Stokes/Released)


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(Part of the best part of getting to know the handlers is getting to see their families grow.)

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