If you know me, you know I’ve fallen completely in love with the amazing canines who are serving in our country’s armed forces! I’ve had an awesome time writing about MWDs in the A Breed Apart series, but now, our family is bringing it a little (okay…a LOT) closer to home. As in, right into our home!
In April 2013, we knew our 12.5 year old Golden Retreiver was approaching her final days, so we went ahead and filled out the MWD application via Lackland’s site. Their projected wait time of 12-18 months told us we have plenty of time to let Daisy enjoy her final days.
Thanks to the amazing help of two wonderful ladies (thank you, Kristie and Lydia!!), our application came to the attention of the adoption coordinator at Lackland. At the time, she informed us that we are REQUIRED to have a fence (something we hadn’t inferred from the application) and since we were willing to install one, as soon as we had that done, she would pair us with a dog.
So, 6 weeks and a several thousand dollars later, our fence went up. Now, the yard seemed especially lonely and empty without a dog. We notified the coordinator that we were ready with our fence. What we didn’t know is the coordinator was the ONLY person handling the enormous task of coordinating ALL retired MWD adoptions…and she was on leave in January for medical reasons.
FINALLY…this morning, she called me. “I have a dog for you,” are six words that will resonate in my head forever. His name is Vvolt, and he is a 5 year old Belgian Malinois, bred right there at Lackland. For those curious what a Malinois looks like, TRINITY on the cover of Trinity: Military War Dog is a Belgian Malinois. Here is a picture of a Malinois:
Our adoption date is March 10, and I will be traveling from Northern Virginia down to San Antonio to welcome retired MWD Vvolt into our home and lives! Stay tuned for pictures of Vvolt and our journey to giving this four-legged hero a comfortable, loving home!