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To whom it may concern,
> Notification of adoptable Military Working Dog Rudy / C013
> > Robins AFB has a 10 yr old Belgium Malinois that is up for adoption. We would prefer to adopt him out rather than euthanize him. He is a really fun and energetic dog.  He has numerous deployments and TDYs under his belt, so he truly is a war veteran. He is older (whelp date April 98) thus trying to find nice relaxing suitable home where he doesn?t have work only relax.
> Description of MWD Rudy / C013 ---
> Military Working Dog(MWD) Rudy/C013 is a 10 year old Belgium Malinois who is trained as an Patrol Explosive Detector Dog (PEDD). MWD Rudy has been medically classified from CAT I to CAT II. Rudy can no longer effectively and consistently perform his patrol duties due to his non-reversible medical condition. MWD Rudy has been diagnosed by the US Army Vet service with Bilateral Coxofemoral DJD (chronic hip pain).  His chronic, progressive, and severe medical condition renders him incapable of performing his assigned  mission requirements in the United States Military and to our unit. Along  with him not being fit to accomplish his patrol dog tasks, his detection  abilities have diminished as well. Rudy still has the desired behavior to  perform both function, but due to his deteriorating health, his body can no longer keep-up with the physical demands of our missions. It is the opinion of our commander with final advice from our Veterinary Officer, that  continued training and utilization of Rudy will only accelerate his medical  condition to the point where he will be subject to unnecessary pain and suffering. Rudy's current medication consists of Cosequin and Deramaxx twice  daily. 
> MWD Rudy/C013 temperament is suitable for adoption due to him not showing any aggressive behavior  to women, children or other animals. Rudy does not have any history of being over-aggressive or territorial.   
> Any Question, Comments or Concerns please contact:
> SSgt Keith M. Wozniak at DSN: 478-926-2697, Cell: 478-919-4494 or Email:
> or
> SSgt Shawn M. Kaup at DSN: 478-926-6992, Cell: 478-550-0892 or Email:
> <> 
additional info:
Rudy still has a desire to play, but only for a limited time. He has problems with his hips, he has served a long time in the military environment.  His medication will run about 350-400 dollars a month.   Any other questions you may have, I will be glad to answer for you. 
SSgt Keith Wosniak

Big Dogs with Jobs / Re: THERAPY DOG?
« on: December 18, 2008, 12:13:24 pm »
Murphy is a 3 yr old goldendoodle (in the icon pic he was 1yr old).   

We actually took the CGC training some where else last year but didn't take the test.

I signed up for the Delta testing and didn't take the workshop. I knew Murphy was OK at nursing homes (my Mom's) and with kids. Just needed someone else to see it!

At our testing I ended up buying the training book for all the people stuff in it. It's got good info in it.  But you can buy it online and home study.    I passed the written test without it. Common sense stuff.  I had been doing some research though so I must have picked up some knowledge from that.  So I ended up paying $20 for the testing and $40 for the book. And then we'll get our patch so of course we need a patch holder, a vest, a scarf/tie for the dog....more expenses but all optional.

I don't think you need a workshop if you dog is trained like for CGC and you know their temperment is suited for it.

Big Dogs with Jobs / THERAPY DOG?
« on: December 18, 2008, 09:22:51 am »
Hi all.  My Murphy and I just passed our Delta Society Pet Therapy team test last weekend.  We'll start visiting a nursing home officially in January (but we've been to the one where my mom is so I already know Murphy is great at it!

Just thought I'd try to connect with some other BIG therapy dogs...not those little lap dogs!

Saint Bernard General Discussions / Re: Im at my breaking point
« on: August 16, 2007, 02:26:07 am »
 ???how long is he alone outside unattended? if you stay out with him and stop the unwanted behavior or redirect it when it starts he might get the idea.  A bored dog is a bad dog....they will always find something fun to keep them occupied.   

p.s. you can put LOTS of other animals on also. birds, cats, horses, ferrets, frogs, name it. 

This was new to me!
I got family mailing labels here- www.familylabe
 with little pictures to include my 3 dogs.  Way cute!  Mom , Dad and 3 dogs with icons for each. You can customize them to pick faces, skin tone, hair style, hair color , glasses for the people, dog type, dog color and really get close.  Then put names under each one.  Check it out. They're really cute.  I got a Christmas card from someone who has this (with all kids) but I got all dogs!

Merry Christmas! 

Saint Bernard General Discussions / Re: Advice on Dogs in bed...
« on: December 22, 2006, 03:44:21 am »
Try a chair....

My alpha dog, Molly (you go girl!) wants to sleep on our bed with us (our fault totally...) but the other (the male) stays on the floor cause we didn't have him since he was a baby. He wasn't raised to be on beds and we haven't invited him to. 

We put a stuffed chair in the corner so Molly is elevated to about bed height. It's near the bed and she can see us. She's at our height but off the floor and higher than the other dog. And it's comfy cozy. All upholstered so she uses the arms as pillows. 

She stays in her chair most of the night but still gets in bed early in the am but we get most of a good night's sleep. 

We use the chair in evenings to watch tv so it's been great.  We have a queen size and no option for a kings size. 

So elevation, proximity and comfort.  Good Luck.

FAQs about puppies / Something about a dog….
« on: December 11, 2006, 08:33:42 pm »

There’s something about a dog when it looks at you ….and you know ….that they know…. you’re their person!  Being a dog’s person is quite an honor! When your dog doesn’t run away from you and would rather stay near you.  When your dog could do something else but they choose to stay near you.  When you think that your dog thinks you’re the best….it’s pretty great…if you ‘know it’…you feel like the luckiest person on the planet.  Getting that look & trust from a dog is as meaningful as getting engaged  to be married    Nothing is ever the same again.  It’s  trust and promise and future.  When you get that from one dog or a pack …you feel pretty special and proud of yourself!  And now you owe them everything in your power to provide.

I can’t tell them that I promise I’ll always be there for them in everyway. I can only show them – each and every day.  With every action and touch for the rest of their life.    I promise they’ll always have good food. They’ll always have shelter (and a spot on the end of the bed sometimes!).  They’ll have regular grooming and baths..just enough  ..not too often.  They have the best health care I can afford (and even when I can’t).  I will never put them in the care of someone I don’t know enough to trust with their lives.  I’ll be there for the rest of their future. They will never be homeless or thrown out or abandoned. If something happens to me, they are going to be taken care of.   They get to go on long walks and interact with their world.  My world is their world.  We’ll see it together.

When we need to leave them they know we’ll be back soon. It’s never very long. They trust that we’ll always do the right thing.    I appreciate so much that they go into their cages without any fuss. That ‘trust’ thing again.   They are so happy to see us when we get home.  Not just to get out of their ‘compound’ but to see us!  A jump and lick and wag all saying   ‘glad you’re home’ and they jockey to be the first and closest to our hands for a pet…then they run to the door. 

They live for today. For now.  If you screw up, they’ll forgive you tomorrow.  But  you don’t want to screw it up. You want them to remember.  Someday when they cross that bridge you want them to remember and wait for you to get there so you can do it all over again.  Because it wouldn’t be heaven without our dogs. 

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Dog afraid of camera....
« on: July 18, 2006, 01:41:28 pm »
I have had Molly for 14 mo and have very few pictures.  Those I have were taken when she wasn't expecting it.  She doesn't like the sound of the zoom lens opening so I try to do it ahead of time out of ear shot.  Then she doesn't like it when I put the camera in front of my face.  I'd love a family picture. 

I can get outside pictures when she's playing but I'd love a group shot of the family.

I've let her sniff the camera and she doesn't like the smell. It's digital. Go figure.  I can't.  Any ideas?

I had a little old male dog and a young (1 yr old)big female dog. The big dog looked bored or was pestering the little dog. The big dog is a 'dogs dog'.  Love's em all.  And really wanted a playmate.  I came up with a list of criteria (trying to use my head) for my next dog.  It was going to be about the same age and size. I wanted another girl and didn't want a dog that needed grooming. I had one shedder so two wasn't a big deal. 

Well my theory is that dogs find don't find dogs.  And that's the way it should be.  I ended up with a boy dog who needs grooming.  But all the DOGS are very happy together and our new addition is working out very well.  So as long as they're all happy..I never met a dog I could't love.

So are you still asking questions..... go get 'em!

I only live 8 miles away from Circle Tail.  I found them as  an opportunity to play with big dogs before we got Molly and did some volunteering.  Then we have boarded there and done weekend fosters of some dogs in our home. Play dates for Molly to see how she did with other dogs at home.  Then we got Murphy from them last weekend.  And we'll do obedience together there starting Saturday.  He is very well trained.  Still not sure of us but that's to be expected. I'm so pleased with Murphy and how he's getting along.  They are a non-profit and do great work.


This is where we got our Murphy from.  They do great work.  Murphy was acquired by Circle Tail from a family that had to give him up.  Murphy was put into a 'cell dog' program then into a foster home.  He came trained!  Can't beat that! 

There are labs, St. Bernards, GSD, big dog mixes,adults, young and puppies.

Check it out and pass it along.

Mutt's are just great.  Never know what you'll get but you know you'll love it!

Thanks. I think so too (wolfhound)and I'm going to try to get Murphy to look more like that someday.  Neither of my dogs look like doodles...and I kinda like that better anyway.

Molly and Murphy both have 1" (Lupine)martingales for their 'tag' collars.  I can walk Murphy on his martingale. He's a dream on the leash.   Big girl Molly needs her prong collar (the good German kind) to pay attention and not pull. She's really strong. She's getting better all the time though..she's only 14 mo. Murphy's the same age.    I choose martingales cause both dogs can get spooked and go back on me and walk out of regular collars (that's scary!). Martingales say on.  Molly gets walked on her martingale when we're someplace out of the way.   I bought nylon cause they tend to chew on each others collars when playing and I thought leather might be even tastier and not such a good idea.  It's cheaper to replace the nylon ones.

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