Our Museum Team invites you to join us as we begin our fourth year of sharing our award-winning newsletter. The stories in January feature a Marine Specialized Search Dog team, a peek back at the importance of Monkey Mountain in Vietnam, and an in-depth look at the love and devotion of an Air Force handler for his favorite dog as we embark on a three-part article penned by Curtis Hendel.
The newsletter team presents the last newsletter of 2023, which features many great articles, such as the story of Nemo and Robert Throneberg, a dedication and re-dedication of two K9 monuments, and a terrific story about a WWII dog who went AWOL. Check out the December 2023 issue for these and other great stories. Be sure to subscribe for your own copy to be delivered to your email box each month.
Join us as we celebrate the Marine Corps birthday with stories of three different generations of USMC dog handlers. We’re sure you’ll enjoy some of the history that you find inside this issue. And, while you’re here, check out the story Gourmet Sandwich – it’s probably one at which every handler who’s ever walked the perimeter will chuckle. On behalf of the newsletter team, thank you for stopping by.
The newsletter team continues honoring our military branches with an October issue highlighting and celebrating Navy handlers. This month, we’ve got some great stories from Korat, Thailand; WWII Coast Guard handlers; and a great article about rehabilitating WWII dogs to be returned to their families. And, of course, what would our October newsletter be without an article that investigates a haunting? This year, we visit an old CIA building in Okinawa. C’mon in and have a look.
The museum’s newsletter team is delighted to bring you the September issue, honoring the Air Force K9 teams. We hit AF history heavy with the first of a two-part series on serving on the Korat perimeter in Thailand; check out the creepy crawlies at the vet clinic. We’ll stop by a stateside kennel for a quick healthcare visit and feature announcements and information about the 10th Anniversary celebration of the Military Working Dog Teams National Monument. We have other articles, too, so come on and check out the September Paw Print issue.
The Museum newsletter staff honors the month of the Coast Guard’s birthday in our August issue. In addition to the Coast Guard articles, we feature a recap of the 25th Anniversary Rededication of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine’s K9 Memorial. The rededication event featured our President, Albert Johnson, and his wife, Dr. Kate Stanford. Spend some time in the month of August learning the Coast Guard K9 history! It’s captivating!
The newsletter team took a number of journeys in July: this issue takes you to Washington, D.C. with our young Minnesota student, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, and the Brushy Mountains of Western North Carolina. It takes you back in time to the last vet tech assigned in Vietnam and looks forward to our event at the University of Tennessee. Won’t you join us?
Have you ever wondered what your dog was thinking of its military experience? This month as we celebrate the US Army’s 248th Birthday, Vietnam Army Scout Dog Bubba 4A82 shares his experience, if he could talk. Also, two of our board members Army Coordinator, Johnny Mayo, and Navy Coordinator, Al Dodds, post military services to the K-9 story are covered. Finally, 1980s Air Force pipeline handler, Curtis Hendel, shares his first week experience in Patrol Dog School.
Our May issue pays tribute to those handlers and dogs who gave their last full measure of devotion to our nation. We learn the story of Duke 645F, the first dog mortally wounded in Vietnam. Also, we learn about the Unbreakable Bond memorial that lists all 4,022 dogs that served in Vietnam and Thailand during the Southeast Asian war and 127 K-9 personnel lost in that conflict. Our President, Albert Johnson reports on the Marine K-9 Reunion in Washington, D.C. Also, a lighthearted look at one handler’s transition to a “companion breed.” We hope you enjoy these stories and photographs as we expand on the history of the Military Working Dog history and heritage.
Our April newsletter takes us to Colorado’s Front Range and the United States Air Force Academy as we learn about dogs, handlers, and the creation of one of the newest Air Force kennels. This month, one of our volunteers attends the ribbon-cutting for the newest K9 Memorial at Coast Guard Island – Alameda, California. We’ve packed this issue with great articles and inspiring photos and invite you to take a look inside.
Our newsletter team proudly presents our March 2023 issue of The Paw Print. Inside this issue, you’ll find news articles on K9 teams in Vietnam, the clever work of Curtis Hendel as he explains the antics of his K9 Thor in Korea, and witness an especially hapless Airman in Thailand who met David Adams and his K9 Partner, Blackie. To start the month of March, however, we pay homage to K9 Veterans Day with a magnificent article on the socialite trailblazer who championed the Dogs For Defense, Alene Erlanger. Step inside this issue and enjoy!
Military Working Dog Heritage Museum invites everyone to enjoy our fantastic February newsletter. The newsletter team filled this issue with history and heritage. We have a great article on the Tet Offensive and the K9 response. The dynamic writer, Michael Lemish, shares two articles with us – a Jesse Mendez remembrance and the history of Mercy Dogs in World War I. We end this issue on a humorous note with a story of a laid-back K9 who unexpectedly became anything but free and easy! Download the February issue and enjoy!
Join us for our third year of sharing fantastic stories, elegant histories, and inspiring photos. In our first issue of 2023, we bring you the first salvos of the Tet Offensive during the Vietnam War. Stepping back through time a bit further, a guest author gives a first-hand account of what life was like on a SAC base for dog handlers during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Enjoy the other great articles in this issue, but don’t miss The Pit and the Poop, which outlines a different side of the dangerous job of handling MWDs.
The December newsletter rounds out our second year of presenting K9 histories and stories to inspire, educate, and entertain. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading the newsletters this year as much as the Newsletter Staff has in writing them.This issue honors the United States Space Force and discusses Tactical Combat Casualty Care Training. We’ve pulled something out of the archives on one of the 47th IPSD K9s, Sarge X052. And our talented writer, David Adams, remembers a Bob Hope Christmas while deployed in Thailand.Our holiday gift to you is the fabulous interview of James Terry Strickland. You can find the link to that interview on page 5. We know you’ll enjoy Terry’s stories.Happy holidays and Enjoy! From the Newsletter Team
Our November issue is slam-packed full of Marine Corps history – from Messenger Dog Caesar at the Battle of Bougainville to a GWOT handler at Camp Pendleton. Join us at one of our events at the Howard County All Veterans Reunion and venture back to Vietnam in a couple of other stories. Be sure to stop by and request your free subscription, if you aren’t getting The Paw Print sent to you directly. Thanks for your time, we hope you enjoy the November issue.
Meet some amazing Navy K9s in our October newsletter. In addition, we’re celebrating the Navy’s birthday with some memorable photos and stories.This issue also features an article by celebrated author Michael Lemish. Check out the articles about Lobo and Lucca, too. And, if that wasn’t enough, we feature an article about adopting a retired working dog.Stop by and visit for a while.
Military Working Dog Heritage Museum stands on the shoulders of dedicated, visionary dog handlers who came before us. Our goal is to gather their stories and share them with the world. One of these great men, David Broeker, took center stage in our September issue, and we could not be prouder. We hope you learn about David’s passion and history in our two-page article. Another article from Dr. Richard Vargas discusses exciting new opportunities for using Army Military Working Dogs. And Tom Lucha shares the inspirational story of one very dedicated veterinarian at Korat RTAFB during Vietnam. Please enjoy this issue and think about sharing your history with the museum. We’d love to talk with you, send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Coast Guard-themed August issue gives a history of the critically important and long blue line’s history of USCG K9. In addition, guest author, Michael Lemish, shares a story of Army dog teams serving in Korea. Other great articles complete this August issue. Don’t miss it!
Our team crammed the July issue full of a variety of stories: K9 transport, working dogs at Wheelus AFB in Libya, the Wounded Warrior Dog Project, and tons more. Come and see what all the fuss is about!
Join us in this month’s issue for a recap of the tremendously successful Fort Benning weekend, with stories and photos of many of the event’s activities. In addition, we get a couple of different tales of time patrolling the perimeters in Southeast Asia from Michael Hurder and David Adams. And, so much more.
Our May 2022 newsletter takes you on a trip to visit the twin masterpieces, the War Dog Memorials at Fort Benning and March AFB. A dog handler explains why these monuments are so important.Other articles take us to an event in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, into the history of a special photo, and take us back in time to the Navy’s Marble Mountain Transmitter during the Vietnam Era.Join us on Memorial Day as we create our 2nd Memorial Day Reading of K9 Handlers’ Names.
We present the April 2022 issue of The Paw Print. This issue includes a short profile on Korean War Dog handler Carl Jacob Claus and some personal recollections from two favorite staff writers, Curtis Hendel and Michael Hurder. David Adams pens the most emotional piece as he shares the truly tragic history of what happened to the dogs in Southeast Asia as the Vietnam War wound down.
The March Paw Print Newsletter is here! This edition is dedicated to two important subjects – March brings us both K9 Veterans Day and Women’s History Month. Join us on our search for the very first female K9 handler and celebrate our K9 Veterans with us.
Our February issue allows a peek at what Scout Dog training was like at Fort Benning during the Vietnam era. Johnny Mayo’s War Dog Wall is featured. (Don’t miss it at our Fort Benning event.) And Curtis Hendel reminds us of the strong and unique K9 bonds that cross over the branches of service. Join our newsletter distribution list by adding your name to our subscribers at the bottom of our home page. We’d welcome you join our MWDHM Community.
Our January issue gives an overview of our incredible 2021. We’ve included information about the museum and our upcoming Fort Benning event. Additionally, Dr. Thomas shares the second half of his article about managing pain in K9s. Next, we dive into history with a stunning letter crafted by a Front Royal K9 handler during WWII and we recognize the bond of the K9 field, regardless of the Branch of Service. Finally, we wrap up this year with an overview of the newsletter staff’s favorite photos and articles from 2021. Enjoy!
Featuring a celebration of the 246th birthday of the USMC, a story about the Messenger Dog Tubby, a spotlight on Volunteer Curtis Hendel, a story about an angry den of porcupines, and more!
Featuring stories of Coast Guard K-9 teams and their history, honoring the passing of handler Eric-John Niss de Jesus, coverage on the graveside service for war dog Lucca, a touching story from Michael Hurder to his K-9 partner., a look at our recent trip to the combat tracker reunion in Lexington Kentucky , and more but not to forget a visit to a beautiful MWD team monument in Wisconsin. Will our pet duo finally agree on a rating scale? Tune in and find out.
Featuring stories of brave handlers, a look at the Jungle Warfare Training School, World War I mercy dogs, A sneaky story, outside the box training, our first fundraiser, and more but not to forget a visit to a beautiful K9/Handler monument in New York. Will our own chronically unimpressed cat finally approve of a dog monument? Tune in and find out.
We celebrate the birthday of the United States Army. Featuring stories of brave handlers, a story of a Gold Star Father, an ode to fathers through interviews with their children, and a visit to another beautiful K9/Handler monument. Will our cat cohort finally approve of a dog monument? Tune in and find out.
Featuring stories of brave handlers, we honor our fallen, story of a Gold Star Mother, an ode to mothers with interviews with their children, and a visit to another beautiful K9/Handler monument. Will our cat cohort finally approve of a dog monument? Tune in and find out.
Featuring portraits of heroes, a story about Joe White in Vietnam, a story about Dogs for Defense, and a visit to another beautiful K9/Handler monument. Will anything please our ornery cat sidekick? Join us and find out.
Featuring an article about the creation of the MWDHM, a portrait of Jessica Newton, an about MWD retirement and Robby’s law, a story about the last working dog at Ashley Kennels, and more.