• 01:06

    Loreen Pantaleone of The K9 Hero Portrait Project

    in Pets

    Animal artist for over 15 years that decided to dedicate my life to painting portraits of working dog (K9) heroes. I only paint recognized military, contractor, SAR, police and PTSD Service dogs,  not therapy dogs or family pets. Created the K9 Hero Portrait Project in March of 2013 while completing a portrait of MWD Gabe K153 SSD. During the completion of his portrait, I became aware of several K9's who were either killed in action or gravely injured, all within one week. Although I know working dogs are always faced with danger, it wasn't the events that drove me to create this project, it was the reactions of the handlers that were captured in photos and networked on the web. Each one was completely distraught at the loss or the injury of their K9 partner, who to them, was their family member. That's when I knew that these were the men and women I wanted to paint for. Each painting is donated to the handler, or, in the case of a retired working dog, to their family. Since the project is completely out of pocket, I help fund the program by having commemorative coins minted with the completed portrait on one side. The handler or family receives the first in the series, and the rest are sold to help fund the project and also be used to help donate to other working dog or military PTSD programs.

  • 01:03

    Ken Licklider, owner of Vohne Licke Kennels and star of hit show Alpha Dogs

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    Vohne Liche Kennels was founded in 1993 by United States Air Force Senior Master Sergeant Kenneth Licklider. Ken has over 37 years in the working dog field. The training staff at VLK consists of eighteen (18) on site trainers and six (6) off site trainers. All of the training staff is either former military, law enforcement or both. Ken oversees several VLK training facilities and continues to train, select, and provide industry expertise to the working dog community globally. Also known as the star of National Geographic's hit TV show Alpha Dogs, Ken continues to be very active in many law enforcment K9 conferences to assist and promote the K9 career field. From top-secret government assignments to training royal military units in several foreign countries, Ken brings with him a true passion and love of the K9 industry and the vital role they play in saving lives every day.

  • 00:43

    Operation Hawkeye: K920 - honoring Special Ops Forces MWDs and their handlers

    in Pets

    K920 is an “on demand” 3-point shooting challenge launched by OPERATION HAWKEYE to elevate awareness regarding the service and sacrifice of fallen Special Operations forces (SOF) military working dogs and their handlers in honor of U.S. Navy Petty Officer First Class John Douangdara and a brave military dog, a Belgian Malinois named Bart, both of whom were killed on August 6, 2011 when the Taliban shot down their CH-47 Chinook helicopter, call sign EXTORTION 17, in Afghanistan. In addition to Douangdara and Bart, 29 other American warriors died that day, along with seven Afghan commandos and a civilian interpreter, in what remains the largest single-day loss of life in Operation Enduring Freedom, and in the history of U.S. Naval Special Warfare. Douangdara, of South Sioux City, Nebraska, enlisted in February 2003. His initial service school training occurred at Norfolk, Virginia, before he joined the security detachment at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, in June 2003. He later moved to Naval Submarine Base New London, Connecticut in August 2006 before joining his East Coast-based SEAL team in January 2008. Douangdara’s decorations include the Bronze Star with ‘V’ device; Joint Service Commendation Medal with ‘V’ device; Army Commendation Medal; Presidential Unit Citation; Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon; three Overseas Service Ribbons; Rifle Marksmanship Medal and the Pistol Marksmanship Medal.

  • 01:01

    Susan Bulanda: Animal Behavior Consultant, National Search Dog Alliance, Author

    in Pets

    Susan Bulanda, Certified Animal Behavior Consultant and author will be on with us and giving away three of her best-sellers. Recognized as a dog trainer since 1963, Susan Bulanda has worked with dogs in a variety of fields. She is recognized worldwide expert in canine Search & Rescue. With her husband Larry, successfully ran two canine SAR Units. She is a member of the National Search Dog Alliance and is on their Advocacy Council as well as writes a monthly column for their newsletter.

    Certified with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants she served both as its Vice President and Dog Chair Person. As an Adjunct Professor at Kutztown University and Carroll County College, Susan developed two programs: “Canine Training and Management Program -- Level I & II” -- for students who want to become dog trainers and canine behavior consultants.

    An award-winning author, Susan has lecturedworldwide, written hundreds of articles, and penned nine well-received books. You can visit her web site at http://www.sbulanda.com/

  • 01:17

    Antonio Rodriguez; USAF Retired, Olive Branch K9 Owner & Saving Private K9 TV

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    Antonio (Arod) Rodriguez - retired SMSgt/E-8 USAF and owner/senior consultant at Olive Branch K9, LLC. Joins Actor R. Lee Ermey for "Saving Private K-9" TV series that details the incredible relationships between military and law enforcement service dogs and their handlers. A combat veteran of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. Currently provides comprehensive K-9 management and training solutions for domestic law enforcement, military and private security organizations around the world. Expertise includes canine education and training, high-risk tactical operations, counter IED operations, program management and advisory support. Recognized throughout the military K-9 community as a subject matter expert in the employment of K-9 teams in both law enforcement and combat arenas. Previously utilized expertise in the creation and implementation of the USAF’s first combat K-9 pre-deployment course, thereby providing premier joint warfighter capability to combatant commanders worldwide.

  • 01:03

    Ken Licklider, owner of Vohne Licke Kennels and star of hit show Alpha Dogs

    in Pets

    Vohne Liche Kennels was founded in 1993 by United States Air Force Senior Master Sergeant Kenneth Licklider. Ken has over 37 years in the working dog field. The training staff at VLK consists of eighteen (18) on site trainers and six (6) off site trainers. All of the training staff is either former military, law enforcement or both. Ken oversees several VLK training facilities and continues to train, select, and provide industry expertise to the working dog community globally. Also known as the star of National Geographic's hit TV show Alpha Dogs, Ken continues to be very active in many law enforcment K9 conferences to assist and promote the K9 career field. From top-secret government assignments to training royal military units in several foreign countries, Ken brings with him a true passion and love of the K9 industry and the vital role they play in saving lives every day.

  • 00:36

    Military Working Dog Adoptions

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    Debbie Kandoll is the founder of Military Working Dog Adoptions that is a private non-profit organization in the process of obtaining 501(c)3 status. Although there is NO CHARGE for the actual adoption of a Retiring MWD, issues arise such as a retired Military Working Dogs (MWD) needing domestic/international transport or an adopter needing help with a MWD's medical situation or even the purchase of medicines in certain circumstances.
    MWD Adoptions also GLADLY REHOMES any MWD needing a new Forever Home, and many times we find ourselves driving cross-country to retrieve or rehome one of our Retired Heroes. Your donations will fund our efforts to help Retiring Military Working Dogs to find Forever Homes! On behalf of our MWD Heroes.
    ”I just wanted you to hear this from someone who's right in the thick of everything with these MWDs about just how much these dogs are loved while they're working. They really do get royal treatment that most people don't have the opportunity to see. The handlers love them and so do the vet staff. Yes, they are kept in kennels. No, they don't get to go home with someone every night...but while they are a military asset, they really aren't treated like property. I've seen big strong military policemen reduced to tears when their dog was too hurt to be able to go on. I've seen an entire room full of policeman and veterinary staff tearing up like children because of it. These dogs are the center of attention while they are MWD's, and they are the number one reason that veterinarians exist in the military. It's the part of my job that I take the most pride in.” Animal Care SGT, U.S. Army
     

  • 00:41

    Military Working Dog Adoptions

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    Debbie Kandoll is the founder of Military Working Dog Adoptions that is a private non-profit organization. Although there is NO CHARGE for the actual adoption of a Retiring MWD, issues arise such as a retired Military Working Dog (MWD) needing domestic/international transport or an adopter needing help with a MWD's medical situation or even the purchase of medicines in certain circumstances. Ron Aiello is the president of the US War Dogs Association.
    MWD Adoptions also GLADLY REHOMES any MWD needing a new Forever Home, and many times we find ourselves driving cross-country to retrieve or rehome one of our Retired Heroes. Your donations will fund our efforts to help Retiring Military Working Dogs to find Forever Homes! On behalf of our MWD Heroes.
    ”I just wanted you to hear this from someone who's right in the thick of everything with these MWDs about just how much these dogs are loved while they're working. They really do get royal treatment that most people don't have the opportunity to see. The handlers love them and so do the vet staff. Yes, they are kept in kennels. No, they don't get to go home with someone every night...but while they are a military asset, they really aren't treated like property. I've seen big strong military policemen reduced to tears when their dog was too hurt to be able to go on. I've seen an entire room full of policeman and veterinary staff tearing up like children because of it. These dogs are the center of attention while they are MWD's, and they are the number one reason that veterinarians exist in the military. It's the part of my job that I take the most pride in.” Animal Care SGT, U.S. Army
     

  • 00:45

    Military Working Dogs - Amazing, amazing animals

    in Military

    If you listen to our show you know that the entire team is dog lovers. We all have dogs, some more than others. Recently we looked into the Military Working Dogs and are still amazed at their training, capabilities, rich history and more. We also learned about opportunities to adopt retiring MWD as well as helping to foster puppies destined for the program. Rod Sparkowicz,

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