Monday, February 23, 2009

Military Working Dogs Tribute!

After watching a tribute to Military Working Dog Handlers I found this video, which I found interesting, along with the music. I was a Military Working Dog Handler when I was in the U.S. Air Force in the late 70's to early 80's. We didn't have Dobermans though. We had mostly German Shepards and Shepard mixes, along with some Labrador Retrievers, and dogs they called bio-dogs, dogs they bred with special skills and abilities. My dog was a German Shepard/Collie Mix, and his name was Mac, so I use to call him "Mac the Knife". He was a great dog. Being a dog handler probably rated as the best job I ever had. I mean the part when I was working with the dogs, because the humans were the ones that I had some issues.

The above pictures are of Mac. He looks vicious, doesn't he?

This is me and Mac back in 1978.

My training last about 5 months, and was at Medina Annex at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, TX. I was then stationed at Barksdale AFB in Louisiana, near Shreveport/Bossier City. I volunteered to go overseas on a regular basis, but you know the military, they sent people who didn't want to go. Go figure! But I really loved working with the dogs.

At a break during dog school.


David C. said...

Very cool video. Reminds me of the best dog we ever had, who was half Doberman and half rottweiler. Also, it's hard to beat the music of Glen Miller. Even though GM died in the war, the band toured for many years--maybe still does. Back in the early seventies, Mary and I went to see them. A couple of the original singers were still performing with the band. We were the youngest people in the crowd.

beardog321 said...

Thanks for the comment. I kind of like the music too, and it seemed appropriate.