There are some working dog breeds that get a lot of attention for their appearance and skills but not for everyone. Some particular lines of German shepherds and especially the Belgian Malinois (known by some trainers and handlers as Malligators) are remarkable dogs, but they need the right owners to really thrive.
Part of the reason why these dogs are so good at police and military The job is that they have extreme driving and really should have a job to keep them busy. If they are allowed to get bored, they will do their own “jobs” that usually cause them trouble.
That seems to be the case for retired military dog Duke and Navy Petty Officer Second Class Adrianna, who volunteered to pick him up when no one else could.
However, it took a special person to help Duke, as he was known for being “the madman” and only slowed down as he started to reach his age.
“Duke was assigned to NSA Bahrain as a dual purpose patrol and detector dog where he worked for 7 years conducting searches on vehicles, buildings, and boats,” he said. Paws of War, an organization that helps Duke and Adrianna, posted on their website.
“He had some handlers who trained him and promoted him during his time as an active working dog in the military. In 2019 Duke began to show difficulty walking and doing daily activities. He was approved for medical retirement in May 2020.
“Petty Officer Second Class Adrianna adopted duke shortly after her first retired working dog passed away from old age. Duke has always been known as a madman but in retirement he completely changed.
“He loves snuggles and keeps taking pets. Duke has moved very well into retired life and Adrianna can’t wait to allow him to live his retirement in comfort and safety in the country he gave his whole life to protect.”
But now the two are faced with a pretty big hurdle down the road: Adrianna will be back in the states soon, but there are a lot of paperwork and fees associated with getting Duke stateside, too.
According to People, Adrianna would love to take Duke home during the holidays-but it’s close.
That is where the Paws of War and some good Samaritans enter. Their Facebook page, Paws of War, states that “they rescued dogs and cats for troops serving overseas” as well as “train service and support dogs for Veterans and First Responders.”
But those efforts need funding, so the group reaches out for help to bring Duke home. They set up a donation page to help the couple make the transition as painless as possible.
“We appreciate all the hard work WMD Duke has made in our military, and we are honored to have helped bring him back to the U.S.,” Paws of War co-founder Robert Misseri told People. “We need the help of the community to complete this mission, but we are confident that people want to bring back this military dog that has given so much.”
So far, many have donated to retirees of the dog Reason, and maybe they can help work a miracle at Christmas.
This article originally appeared on The Western Journal.
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