Allan The CWD Retires At Last
A couple weeks ago I wrote a post as a tribute to Military Working Dogs that talked about the incredible sacrifice these dogs have made for our country. We decided that we really wanted to pitch in and help a four legged hero find a forever home so we made a donation to the Military Working Dogs organization. Debbie who runs the organization let me know that this could not have come at a better time as she had the perfect pooch she was currently helping. See her email below:
Well, your email took my breathe away! 🙂
There are no words to express our sufficient gratitude to you all for your generous donation! Just this week, we will be paying to transport a retiring Working Dog to his Forever Home! I was stressing just a tad…and then I received your email!
THANK YOU SO MUCH!! I am attaching pics of 10 year old Explosive Detection Dog Alan, so you can see just who your are helping!! Thank you, too, for YOUR service to our nation!!
I cannot begin to thank you enough!
It is an honor and privilege to help these AMAZING LIFE-SAVING K9s! They are like MARINES… ALWAYS FAITHFUL! !
Allan’s Retirement 😉
I asked Debbie if she could send over some pictures and a little history on Allan so we could do a follow up article and she was gracious enough to do so. She also put me in touch with Allan’s new family. Allan is actually a CWD which only means that he’s a contract dog.
He has all of the same duties and hazards of a MWD but he’s like a private contractor. The military does not have enough of it’s own dogs so the DOD contracts with private kennels to provide dogs to the military.
Allan is a 10yr old Shepherd and spent approximately 7-8 years in Afghanistan as a top explosive detection dog. During his deployment he found numerous caches of explosives and saved many soldiers lives. I think we can all agree that Allan is a TRUE HERO!
Meet Allan’s New Family!
Allan’s new family (Kim & Mike) haven been wonderful and kept me updated with how Allan is transitioning into retirement. They live out in the country and have a wonderful home for Allan to just relax and be a dog. It didn’t take him long to fall into retirement and fall in love with his new owners. I think from her email below you can see why:
Alan is integrating so nicely. He nuzzles into us for more and more love. Instead of calling him CWD Alan- We call him CFM (Civilian Family Member).
He loves something that really surprised us- he loves chasing the four wheeler. He is beside himself when you crank it up and he just absolutely loves it.
The love these dogs have to offer, like Alan, is amazing. He snuggles and just loves us more than I can tell you. And do we love him. We talk to him and yes we thank him every single day for the service he gave for his country and we thank him for all the lives that he saved. He is such an AMAZING and AWESOME part of our lives and I can’t imagine that we never had him.
So once again even with Memorial day over dont forget these hard working Heroes that help keep you and I safe. If you can Debbie is always in need of a donation to help find more of these wonderful dogs forever homes or maybe you are a forever home for a MWD or CWD!
Take a moment below and say a big thanks to first and foremost Allan for all he’s done for us but also to Kim and Mike for graciously taking Allan into their home and providing him the love and attention every dog hero deserves!