On July 8, 2016, Lorrence R. "Larry" Porter passed away. Larry proudly served in the United States Marine Corp. He was discharged as a Lance Corporal. K9 Hero Haven would like express our deepest sympathies for the Porter family in their time of loss. We also would like to thank them for their support of our mission by asking that donations be given in lieu of flowers. Larry was a huge animal lover. Mr. Porter, thank you for service to our country and support for our mission. You will always be remembered.
MWD Guszti N801
CWD Ringo served his life in Afghanistan and retired in June of 2017. Shortly after returning to the US, we notice neurological problems with him. After tests and scans, CWD Ringo was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. His only option was radiation. He received 20 treatments and started to enjoy retirement. Even thou his retirement was brief, he enjoyed attending events as an ambassador of K9 Hero Haven. He loved people and enjoyed ice cream, treats and toys. He became a huge inspiration to all people especially cancer survivors.
The radiation took a toll on his body. The biopsy left his skull area with out bone. It was very soft and a risk of constant infection. The tumor effected his balance and caused him to fall and be unsteady.
On 10/11/17 at his vet appointment, K9 Hero Haven's veterinarian suggested helping him pass. CWD Ringo was dealing with an infection at the biopsy site because the area became compromised and just wouldn’t heal complicated with balance and falling. His skin was deteriorating in several areas even though we kept him active and moving.
CWD Ringo passed in Anne's arms as she laid on the floor crying with him holding him. Remember him as a dog who served his life, loved people, toys, and treats.
CWD Ringo was able to receive a brief retirement with thanks to Diane for her sponsorship of his medical bills and US War Dogs for covering his radiation treatments and stay at Red Bank Hospital.
CWD Ringo's life not only helped save countless lives during his working career, but went on to represent retired working dogs like him. CWD Ringo touched so many lives during his short retirement life. CWD Ringo proved to be as much or more of a hero in retirement as he was while on the job. We will truly miss you!
CWD Bjerka PEDD served in Afghanistan from June 2011 to March 2014.
She was adopted in 2014. She was diagnosed with arthritis at the time of adoption. She became an Ambassador for K9 Hero Haven and attended many events at schools, churches, rescue events, scouts and parades. She loved going for rides.
Several months ago , she stopped attending events as her health was declining. She had bouts of vestibular disease as well as she was very arthritic. She was on injections and pills. In the last few weeks she lost control of her bladder and bowels. She would fall over and struggle standing up. Most days lately, I picked her up as she couldn't get up on her own. She could no longer walk to where she used to eat in the kitchen. The last few days, I held her food bowl for her to eat. She started suffering and I felt it was time to help her pass.
She was a sweet, mellow, happy dog who became my shadow when her health was better. She was very loved and will be greatly missed.
Thank you for your service Bjerka. Rest easy our sweet girl!
CWD Jed 49389
06/01/06 - 06/03/20
CWD Sniper 48626
11/16/09 - 12/01/18
CWD Cindy retired from Afghanistan and came to K9 Hero Haven on May 9, 2018. During her career, she was nicknamed "Airborne" because this little powerhouse could fly! She was an amazing dog and was great at what she did.
She was adopted to on October 15, 2018, and moved to Massachusetts.
Cindy's passing was sudden and unexpected. She was such a sweet girl, loved everyone she met, loved to play fetch and bring back the ball when she felt like it, all squeaky toys were her favorite toys and there was no treat she didn't enjoy.
From her adopter, Bethany: "Last night my Cindy girl passed away and the world lost one of its greatest heroes."
CWD Zeige 16682
06/01/09 - 08/10/18
1111/25/08 - 07/11/20
CWD Laika6 33608
09/01/08 - 05/03/19
CWD Larras 37412
12/09/07 - 09/19/17
CWD Loebes EDD served in Afghanistan. He spent his retirement in PA where he lived another dog & a family that loved him.
03/01/08 - 12/29/16
K9 Mikki CH-31
05/05/07 - 06/15/18
K9 Rakkar worked in the Asheville Police Dept. from August 2006 to October 2012. . While working he found 125 pounds of narcotics valued at $ 750,000. He also found $93,000 in drug money. He located 10 suspects. He spent his retirement years living in PA. as an ambassador for K9 Hero Haven. He attended military, law enforcement, school, and rescue and scout events until he passed away on 8/24/15. He will never be forgotten.
CWD Mick EDD served his whole life working in Afghanistan as an explosive detection dog. He was a great dog and trained very well at what he did. He worked hard.
On 2/17/20, Mick landed in the US and came to K9 Hero Haven to finally start enjoying retirement but sadly, he passed away within 24 hours after returning state-side.
An exam was completed 2/17/20 at the vet's and it was determined the cause of death was due to bloat. The stomach did a partial twist and filled with gas. Unfortunately, we did not see any signs of distress. The vet believes it happened quickly.
Rest easy CWD Mick. Fly high above the clouds. You served your county well. I am sorry that you didn’t receive the retirement life that you deserved after so many years of working in Afghanistan. You will never be forgotten.
CWD Branjo served several years working in Iraq. He retired and came to K9 Hero Haven on July 26, 2018. On August 6th, Branjo was scheduled to be neutered. He developed complications following surgery. He was transported to Watsontown Emergency Hospital at 7 pm. We received a call this am that he went into cardiac arrest around 5 am. They attempted CPR but were unable to save him. We believe there was an underlying issue with his lungs.
Rest easy CWD Branjo. I am so sorry your retirement was brief. Every one at K9 Hero Haven loved you. We will miss you my sweet boy.
CWD Tex PEDD enjoyed 3.5 years of retirement after serving in Afghanistan. He was best known as a demo dog for bite work as he truly loved “ catching the bad guy”. He was retired early due to a damaged trachea as they didn’t want to risk trachea collapse. He was adopted the same day we adopted CWD Bjerka, who passed away in 2017.
CWD Tex served as an ambassador for K9 Hero Haven. We limited his events thou due to Tex having K9 PTSD. He became nervous and anxious in crowds, and would panic with sudden loud noises., but he loved kids and people. We used to tell him he was going to see” little people” AKA Kids. He loved going for rides, including ice cream. He was a huge favorite here especially with the female volunteers.
CWD Buck 02281
07/01/08 - 05/04/18
CWD Moos starting working in Afghanistan in April of 2011. She retired in May of 2018. We picked her up directly at the airport on her flight home.
She was always happy and smiling. She loved her treats and toys. She was “picky “with her food and always made me laugh how she wanted treats “before eating her meal.”
She became an ambassador for K9 Hero Haven and attended a few events including York PA and Hopewell NJ. She loved people, she would get “mouthy” and make noises when happy and geared up. She loved going on rides and going in stores.
CWD Moos became a favorite here at K9 Hero Haven and will be missed so much by everyone here.
CWD Buck PEDD retired from Afghanistan at the age of 8. He was adopted in Oct of 2017 and lived out his retirement in Kansas. Thank you for service. Rest easy CWD Buck.. you will never be forgotten.
CWD Goby EDD retired in July of 2016 and was adopted to Jack and Michele in PA on 10/23/16.
Goby passed away suddenly at home. She was playing earlier in the morning and acting her normal self. Her passing was quick and unexpected.
Thank you Jack and Michele for giving her a wonderful and beautiful retirement. I know she was very loved and will be greatly missed.
CWD Dan EDD was adopted to Sean by K9 Hero Haven in 2015 as one of our first adoptions. Sean was not his handler but they were in Afghanistan together assigned to the same unit.
CWD Cindy 38546
11/18/09 - 04/30/20
CWD Matys PEDD was retired from Iraq and Afghanistan. While Matys was relaxing, his human was still serving in the military. Thank you both for your service and for giving CWD Matys a wonderful retirement home where he was loved and spoiled.
CWD Rocky6 retired from Afghanistan in 2015, where he served for 5 years. Once back stateside, Rocky found his forever home and spent his retirement in Kansas. He reached a point where he had difficulty getting around due to having issues with his hips. He had Pannus at the time of retirement so he was on eye drops for that. He loved his family, especially the grandchildren. He always had the sweetest demeanor.
CWD Dori spent several years serving in Afghanistan. When she came back stateside, she had some medical issues that would take a special family to care for her. She found that loving family and spent her retirement in Illinois.
CWD Brian PEDD retired from Afghanistan in 2015. He enjoyed 18 wonderful months of retirement with his adoptive family.
CWD Bross 08606
03/28/08 - 03/17/18
CWD Liza 56832
08/28/09 - 06/03/20
K9 Katrina retired from Florence Correctional Facility in 2013. I (Anne Gibbs) flew to AZ to pick her up and flew back with her on the plane with me.
She was an amazing narcotics detection K9 and came in 2nd out of 75 dogs in competition. She holds the record of one of the best dogs that ever worked in Florence Correctional Facility.
She attended many events as an ambassador for K9 Hero Haven and loved meeting people. She was always just the happiest dog. She loved cleaning all the other dogs and was like a “mother” to all of them.
She was a dog who still continued to work with cataracts in both eyes and having a toe amputated. She was just amazing at her job and loved working. Nothing seemed to slow her down.
When I picked her up in AZ, she found part of a joint in the hotel parking lot. Her nose was always searching and checking. She never lost her drive. Jen, one of our volunteers, nicknamed her “hurricane “ she was always full of energy. She was a force of nature!
Tonight at the vet, the x rays showed the front leg completely broken. They suspected microscopic bone cancer. Her only option was putting a rod in the leg and her bones were just to fragile and they felt it would not give her any more time. At 16.5 her body was tired and worn out. She was in pain and it was just time to let her go.
Fly high above the clouds my sweet girl without pain. Thank you for your service and the love you always showed me during your 7 years of retirement. I was truly blessed the day I picked you up. I couldn’t of asked for a better dog. You will never be forgotten K9 Katrina .
CWD Hobo retired at the age of 6.5 years of age after working several years in Afghanistan. He was retired due to a medical condition. CWD Hobo suffered from seizures and was on medication at the time of his retirement until the end of his life. CWD Hobo's handler, Eldar Begic (pictured with CWD Hobo) missed him dearly and loved being connected to CWD Hobo's adoptive family. Eldar loved seeing pictures and updates about his old partner. CWD Hobo was adopted by Michael and Teresa Henning on 8/29/15. He was an only dog and was very loved and spoiled in his much too short retired life. Over time, his seizures became more severe and several different medications were tired to control them, but it was unsuccessful. CWD Hobo will be greatly missed by his family and former handler. Rest easy CWD Hobo and thank you for your service as you stand your next watch over us.
CWD Piko 36815
05/14/08 - 09/15/17
CWD Goby 17016
12/01/09 - 06/18/19
CWD Mike EDD retired from Iraq in 2017. He spent his retirement living in central PA with a loving couple and another dog. Mike shared the same birthday as his adopter. Mike enjoyed proctoring exams, climbing mountains, attending weddings, tailgates, vacations, baseball games-- if a dog could be there, he came, if a dog wasn't supposed to be there, he'd sneak in.
Police K9 Ivo retired in 2017 to his handler, Brian. Ivo spent his life working with Brian in PA. We received Ivo at K9 Hero Haven in Jan of 2019, after his handler was diagnosed with a medical condition.
A few months after arriving, Ivo had a severe vestibular incident and could not walk. He went through weeks of rehabilitation and bounced completely back with the exception of a head tilt when he concentrated to focus. Not long after completing rehabilitation, Ivo was diagnosed with bone cancer. It was the worse type. It spread quickly and was very painful. It causes the bones to eventually break. Through it all, Ivo remained happy. He loved his toys and was a huge toy hoarder. He was a sweet dog and was always smiling. He loved going on rides and outings.
From Anne: "One of the things that I will miss the most, is no matter what he went through in life, he was always smiling. He loved life... he was strong, he was a fighter ...and he was happy
Rest easy K9 Ivo. Fly high above the clouds without pain. You served your community well. I will miss you so much. You will never be forgotten."
K9 Boris 52754
06/07/04 - 10/27/16
CWD Zeige served for many years in Afghanistan. Soon after her arrival to K9 Hero Haven, she was adopted to a wonderful couple and she spent her retirement on a beautiful farm in Pennsylvania.
CWD Hendry 52897
05/01/05 - 05/25/16
CWD Rocky5 44192
01/01/09 - 06/28/19
CWD Shippy 02864
05/18/08 - 10/21/19
CWD Diego retired in August of 2015; he served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was one of our fist adoptions. He was adopted to Ken and Tami Feese in PA on 10/25/15.
Today CWD Diego stopped eating and was having difficulty walking. He was taken to the first vet for testing and diagnostics. They believed he was in heart failure. He was then taken to the emergency vet for more detailed testing and it was discovered that he had a mass in his heart. There were issues with his liver as well. It was best to let him go so he wouldn’t suffer and be in pain.
He had an amazing retirement full of adventure and love. He was a great family dog. He was loved very much and will be greatly missed.
CWD Blackie 86778
12/12/07 - 06/30/17
Service Dog Chase was rescued from a kill shelter in North Carolina. He was trained In Diabetic Alert. A volunteer there contacted us asking for help with him. We transported him to PA and placed hime in foster with Sarah,a K9 Hero Haven volunteer.
Chase is such an amazing dog that he not only became a foster failure, he was also an ambassador for K9 Hero Haven. He loved attending events.
CWD Spike 21072
01/16/06 - 02/19/18
Service Dog Chase
11/04/05 - 10/26/18
CWD Bico PNDD retired from Afghanistan around the age of 7.
He was a very sweet, mellow retired working dog. He was very obedient and knew his commands well. He had a great love for life and loved play time.
CWD Jed EDD came to K9 Hero Haven in June of 2017. He retired at the age of 11 from Afghanistan. He was adopted on 7/1/17 by Noreen and Ken in Delaware.
CWD Jed had a wonderful retirement after 9 years of working. He was able to spend 3 wonderful years of retirement with a loving family who dearly loved and spoiled him.
CWD Donna EDD served in Afghanistan. She was adopted and moved to Oregon where she peacefully got along with another dog and 2 cats. She was loved very much.
CWD Ali 88911
04/18/10 - 11/24/19
CWD Ringo 50419
07/01/07 - 10/11/17
CWD Robbie retired from Afghanistan and came to K9 Hero Haven in June of 2017. He was adopted & moved to NH on 6/28/17.
Robbie had an amazing retirement filled with love and adventure. He had the best retirement a retired working dog could ever ask for. He was very loved and spoiled. He had great medical care especially in his last days.
Robbie was loved beyond words, he will be eternally loved and forever missed.
CWD Spike EDD served his whole life in Iraq and retired at the age of 11. In Jan of 2017, once stateside, he came to K9 Hero Haven. He came with an aggressive behavior assessment and failing hips. I didn’t want kennel life to be the last thing he remembered, so we moved him inside so he could enjoy retirement in a home.
CWD Spike served as an ambassador for K9 Hero Haven until his health made it difficult to attend events. He loved going on outings when able and loved visiting with people. He loved treats and ice cream.
Once his hips failed he used his front legs and went everywhere he wanted at the house. We had a large dog door put in so he could still go outside if wanted. As time passed, he lost control of his bladder and bowels and would have accidents, but always had a gleam in his eye and a smile on his face. He was the happiest dog.
CWD Tex 88631
02/01/10 - 02/18/18
CWD Less PEDD retired at 7.4 years of age. He served in Afghanistan since 2010. In June of 2016, he began his retirement at a ranch in Utah where he was loved and spoiled. He passed away from cancer.
CWD Klara EDD retired after serving 8 years in Iraq. In April 2016, she was adopted and moved to Florida. Klara had an amazing retirement; she loved her humans, loved walks, and enjoyed agility class.
You will be missed very much.
CWD Rocky6 10302
06/01/08 - 05/06/19
CWD Donna 64700
02/12/08 - 09/12/18
CWD Alex EDD retired in March of 2016 from Iraq. He had 3 wonderful years of retirement in a loving home where he lived crate free with lots of love and daily treats. Alex had the best retirement a dog could ever hope for.
Thank you for your service CWD Alex. You are loved by many and will be missed.
CWD Rocky5 PNDD was our very first adoption at K9 Hero Haven. He was reunited with Ryan, his first handler, he served with in Afghanistan & Iraq. Ryan wanted to adopt Rocky in 2013 but he needed to wait for Rocky to retire. Rocky started working in Afghanistan in 2010 and retired in August of 2015. Once retired he came to K9 Hero Haven.
We were able to locate Ryan through mutual contacts and Ryan immediately left Tennessee, where he lived at the time, to come to PA.
For close to 4 years, Ryan and Rocky have been inseparable. He was able to go to work with Ryan, who owns a dog training business K9SF LLC. They were very close and spent a lot of time together enjoying retirement.
CWD Hobo 14021
03/01/09 - 05/20/17
K9 Ozzy came to K9 Hero Haven in May of 2017. He retired early from a department in Illinois. Our volunteer, Greg Anderson helped transport K9 Ozzy and it is a day, he won’t forget. K9 Ozzy came from a sad situation and his working life wasn’t the easiest. When they say some working dogs are treated like equipment.. K9 Ozzy's story always comes to my mind.
We moved K9 Ozzy into the retirement home and instantly fell in love with him. We taught him how to eat out of bowls and help him acclimate to living inside. He loved everyone he met. He attended many events as an ambassador for K9 Hero Haven. He was always the happiest dog no matter where life took him.
Over the past 2 years, he developed multiple medical problems. He had past fractures from working which took a toll on him. He had a ruptured disc in his back in the worst possible placement. He was on prednisone daily for over 2 years as well as thyroid medication and multiple pain medications ... yet he still smiled and loved life.
His spirit outlived his body. He was struggling walking and standing. His diagnosis affected all 4 legs and limited his mobility until he got to the point he would struggle to stand and walk. It became very difficult for him in the last few weeks.
He left smiling, knowing he was loved and knowing how dearly he will be missed by everyone who knew him. Fly high my sweet boy. You are loved more then you know... You will never be forgotten.
CWD Kety 36576
01/01/05 - 07/29/19
CWD Nero 85026
08/12/09 - 03/02/20
We would like to thank the family and friends of Diana Woomer for their support.
K9 Bono CJ-41
01/09/09 - 04/24/17
04/20/08 - 01/15/20
CWD Kety EDD retired at the age of 10.6 from Afghanistan. She was adopted in 2015, just a few weeks after returning state-side. Kety settled in beautifully to her new home with new toys, where she was part of a family, and was very loved and spoiled.
K9 Boris served as a police K9 for Asheville NC from 2006 -2015 then retired to K9 Hero Haven in PA. Boris found 21 suspects who would never been identified without him. Boris located one missing person who was dying from hypothermia and blood loss. He found over 200 pounds of narcotics valued over 1.5 million dollars. He found over $200,000 in drug money. He was imported from Holland and came to work for us in 2006-2015. Boris was a favorite around the area among not only Asheville Pd, but other surrounding areas for his loving personality and keen nose. Boris's popularity led him to be one of our ambassador dogs to help share the need to support retired working dogs.
K9 Suron served for 7 years working in the state of Michigan as a fugitive apprehension dog.
On 11/24/18, he was adopted by one of our volunteers, Stacey and her husband Chuck. Suron moved to Lewisburg, PA where he was loved and spoiled. Suron was Chuck's shadow and followed him everywhere. Suron was the kind of dog that even though you may have only known him for a short while, it felt like you knew him a lifetime.
Always with a smile on his face and love in his eyes, he is now pain free.
CWD Desyi 85250
12/20/09 - 11/24/17
K9 Dex CF-75 retired from US Customs and Border Protection. He worked for several years at the JFK airport and was retired to his handler. He came to K9 Hero Haven when he was 10 years old; his handler returned overseas.
Dex was best know for always carrying a toy 24/7. He would put his toys in the water bowl and splash water everywhere especially with toys that held water. He would also do what we called his “werewolf impression “ were he would show all his teeth if other dogs came next to him while he was carrying his toy in his mouth.
He loved water and loved playing in the creek. He enjoyed toy shopping and was always known for stuffing his mouth full of as many toys as he could carry.
As he aged, he started with multiple health issues, but it never slowed him down.
K9 Dex, your served your community well. Run above the clouds without pain. You will be greatly missed by everyone at K9 Hero Haven. You will never be forgotten.
K9 Katrina C5E10
01/28/04 - 06/07/20
CWD Brian 47905
11/06/09 - 01/14/18
On September 29, 2015, Daryl Suchma passed away. Daryl was born on October 8, 1954. He was a huge fan of the Pirates, Steelers, and Penguins. He worked for the VA in South Carolina. Daryl was also known to an avid animal lover. As an animal lover, Daryl's family wanted to show Daryl's love for animals by supporting K9 Hero Haven in his memory. We are thank Daryl and his family for their support.
CWD Liza came to K9 Hero Haven in March of 2018. She retired after working 7 years in Afghanistan. She was then adopted to Paul in WV on March 27, 2018.
CWD Liza was able to enjoy 2 wonderful years of retirement with Paul and her brother CWD Rosco, who was also adopted from K9 Hero Haven.
CWD Liza had a wonderful retirement home where she was very loved and spoiled. She loved the days she was able to go to work with Paul.
CWD Bjerka 13139
12/01/06 - 06/30/17
SSGT. Joseph Ray
MWD Emile started his working career with the Air Force. In 2009 he transferred to police work and spent several years working in a Sherriff’s department in GA. He went by the name, K9 Alamo while there.
He came to K9 Hero Haven in July of 2019. He was heartworm positive, had skin and ear issues, prostrate issues and arthritis. He completed heartworm treatment, treatment for infections and was neutered. He also started medication for arthritis. Slowly he bounced back and started thriving. He was the nicest and sweetest dog.
This morning I made an appointment at the emergency vet and asked for x rays. She said he had lung cancer, a slightly enlarged heart and a lot of arthritis in his back. We expect the enlarge heart could possibly be from past heartworms. I made the decision to let him go. I didn’t want him to suffer as I could see even with pain meds twice a day... I could see he was struggling and in pain.
As I laid next to him on the floor to console him, he was licking away my tears to console me. He was just that type of dog.
CWD Less 29012
02/01/09 - 04/20/18
CWD Deysi PEDD spent 5 years of her life in Afghanistan and the last 7 months as the monster hunting partner of a 3 year old boy. We know that she loved every second of both jobs.
On January 20, 2018, Anna Margaret Nettles Ray of Pine Mountain, GA passed away. Mrs. Ray and her family were big veteran supporters. She was preceded in death by her grandson, SSGT Joseph Ray who died while serving in Afghanistan. She was a big animal lover, so her family is collecting donations to help support K9 Hero Haven in her memory. We would like to thank them for their support and express our sincere condolences for their loss.
CWD Mike 36984
11/25/06 - 11/13/19
MWD Guszti PNDD was based out of Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. He was one week away from having his final retirement papers and joining the K9 Hero Haven Family of K9 Heroes. They attempted to remove a mass from his intestines just before letting him retire which resulted in a massive infection that took his life. His handler was not able to adopt him. We don't want him to be forgotten because he never got a chance to enjoy life on the couch.
CWD Laika6 PEDD retired from Afghanistan. Laika was adopted and moved to Missouri. From her family: "She was a wonderful, loving and affectionate dog, who gave us several years of love and devotion. Our time with her will always be one of the highlights of our lives."
K9 Hagan came to K9 Hero Haven on June 17th. His handler could no longer keep him.
K9 Hagan loved van rides and being outdoors. He loved being in the water and playing fetch. He loved rec time.
He was a very lovable dog yet he had a very difficult side and a lot of issues . He was very unpredictable. He was a dog you learned a lot from.
So many times we receive retired working dogs that aren’t “ easy” and have had a difficult past. We always try to provide time, love, and patience as they try and adjust into retirement life.
It is truly a beautiful feeling to save the most difficult dogs and you always feel like you “failed” with the ones you can’t.
Thank you for your service K9 Hagan. Fly high above the clouds. You are now at peace.
Retired US Customs and Border Protection from Detroit
K9 Bono CJ-41 came to K9 Hero Haven as one of our rehabilitation dogs. He retired after 7 years of service from US Customs and Border Protection from Detroit.
K9 Bono had surgery to be neutered and had his shots updated. We took him for ice cream Friday night. He never seem to bounce back after surgery. We had an appointment to go back to the vet the next day, and he didn't make it thru the night.
We took him to the vet to find out what caused his death. They found a tumor on the right side of his heart. They said they are fast growing and his time would have been limited. They explained that it was not something that could of been repaired with surgery. Unfortunately nothing showed with lab work.
K9 Bono worked beside his handler Chris for 7 years. He will be greatly missed. Chris stayed in contact with me almost daily checking on him and loved him dearly.
Thank you for service K9 Bono. Even thou you were at K9 Hero Haven briefly... We loved you and will miss you. Rest easy K9 Bono.
CWD Bross PEDD retired from Afghanistan in 2015. He came to K9 Hero Haven in our first group of 10 dogs when we completed our 1st kennel building. I remember picking him up at the airport in a solid metal crate and I could have sworn they put the Tasmanian Devil in the crate... but once opened... he was just happy to see people.
We adopted him briefly in April of 2016 but he was returned in August due to being aggressive and unpredictable. It broke the adopter’s heart to bring him back, but CWD Bross struggled adjusting to a normal retirement in society. He tend to be “reactive” to anyone he didn’t know or trust. Prior to returning, he also started with seizures.
We decided to place him in foster with Sarah and Vashon. We didn’t want the kennel life to be the last thing he remembered after years of serving in Afghanistan.
He bonded with Vashon and became his best friend. CWD Bross thought the world of him and that was mutual. He adjusted nicely to home life even thou he never became a social dog. He loved going for rides, walks and spending time with his family.
CWD Robbie 71477
05/01/08 - 06/14/20
05/26/10 - 09/26/20
02/09/15 - 09/17/16
CWD Ali served in Iraq with his handler, Troy, from April of 2012 until Ali retired in Dec 2017. After Ali left Iraq, he came to K9 Hero Haven. Troy needed to head back to Iraq, so we placed Ali in a foster home with Bobbie, one of our volunteers. In June 2018, Troy returned stateside, and Ali moved to North Carolina where he enjoyed retirement.
Ali fought cancer for 15 months after he was diagnosed with stage 5 lymphoma. He was determined to beat it but it finally got the best of him. He never let it get him down, he still played and had fun with his many balls and Kong’s that he had.
CWD Larras PEDD retired in October of 2016 after serving for years in Afghanistan. He was adopted in Dec of 2016.
CWD Larras had joint and hip issues. As time passed he continued to lose more of his mobility and eventually could no longer stand or walk.
He enjoyed a wonderful retirement with his dad as an only dog and was very loved and spoiled. He was always very close to him and stayed by his side. You couldn't ask for a more devoted dog. He will be greatly missed.
Thank you for your service CWD Larras.
MWD Emile N466
12/12/07 - 03/30/20
CWD Nico enjoyed retirement briefly before he passed away. You will never be forgotten.
CWD Diego 06054
05/01/09 - 04/14/20
CWD Shippy EDD (AKA Craze) was paired up with her handler, Don and they served together for several years in Iraq. She was an amazing working dog and tested with 100 percent proficiency as an EDD.
She was adopted by her handler and they were able to enjoy some time together until he passed away. Craze then lived with her handlers father. K9 Hero Haven was contacted in September 2019 to help with Craze when the handler’s father needed to move into assistance living.
October 21, 2019, she became very ill and it was determined she had a cancerous mass on her liver and spleen. Although her time at K9 Hero Haven was brief, you touched many lives and will never be forgotten.
CWD Kelly2 PEDD retired from Afghanistan. She was reunited with her handler, Bill in September 2018 and moved to Arizona.
In 2010 Bill was contacted by AMK9 about a position as K9 Handler in Afghanistan. He was sent to Hill Country Dog Center in San Antonio, TX for training. It was there that he was matched up with his new K9 Partner, CWD Kelly.
In mid-2011 Bill left Afghanistan and returned to the states. Kelly was assigned a new handler to continue her work until 2018 when she retired. On September 6, 2018, Bill was put in touch with Anne Gibbs of K9 Hero Haven as CWD Kelly was finally retired and back in the states. – and in a few short days, they were finally reunited.
From Bill: "She is a War Hero, she was my partner, she is my best friend, she is part of me forever!"
CWD Mick 32426
11/28/08 - 02/18/20
CWD Matys 48716
05/01/09 - 03/26/19
K9 Dex CF-75
09/09/05 - 02/14/20
CWD Blackie served on Victory Base Camp in Iraq from March 2010 to November 2011. He also served at the Consulate in Basrah, Iraq from May 2013 to August of 2014. Pictured below with his last Handler, Keith
Blackie was adopted in Feb of 2015 and passed away 2 years 4 months and 2 weeks after being scheduled to be euthanized due to medical issues. He was diagnosed with Villios Atrophy and had stopped eating and was doing poorly in the kennel environment.
Blackie became an Ambassador for K9 Hero Haven and attended many events including hospitals, parades, scouts, rescue events and schools. He was very loved and known by many. He loved meeting new people and was very sweet and lovable. He touched many people hearts over the last 2 years.
A few months ago Blackie's health began to decline again and we refrained from taking him to events as he started losing weight again. He lost 20 lbs over the last year with his appetite decreasing and struggling to keep weight on. Our vet felt Blackie's Villios Atrophy lead to cancer. We continued to try different foods to keep him eating, but today I could see him starting to suffer and I knew it was time to help him let go.
Blackie was checked after he passed by the vet. He had a large tumor at the bile duct which was entwined with everything. It was inoperable as the vet had predicted.
CWD Bico2 03788
10/15/09 - 12/17/17
TCWD Cir 81696
01/11/10 - 01/10/20
CWD Branjo 58645
05/28/10 - 08/07/18
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05/04/11 - 07/06/20
CWD Klara 52697
06/14/07 - 07/01/19
CWD Kelly2 85502
01/19/09 - 08/28/19
CWD Moos 85267
01/01/09 - 10/26/18
CWD Hendry 52897 was an 11 year old male springer spaniel that worked in Iraq for 7 years as a EDD . He was a great dog who loved to play fetch. He looked amazing in short or long hair do's but acted like a pup in the shorter hair coat. He was part of AMK9's mascot roaming the halls at HQ. His handler Elaine Carter recently returned overseas. He passed way due to bladder complications. He was one of many dogs helped by K9 Hero Haven.
03/31/06 - 03/25/20
CWD Flappie EDD retired from Afghanistan and came to K9 Hero Haven in 2016 . She was adopted on 7/24/16 to Sean in Michigan.
Flappie was Sean’s best friend and they were very close. They went through a lot together in the past 4 years. He absolutely adored her and would always say “that she saved his life “. They were a match made in heaven and just fit and belong together so perfectly.
A message from Sean: She dedicated her life to service not only as an explosive detection dog in Afghanistan but also as my best friend. Words can’t describe the loss I’m feeling right now.
She will be greatly missed by Sean and everyone who knew her.
CWD Nero EDD retired at 7.5 years of age from Iraq. He came to K9 Hero Haven and was adopted on 12/16/16. He was later adopted in April of 2017 to a family member and moved to South Carolina where he lived out his retirement.
Nero passed away due to liver disease and had gotten very sick. He was a huge part of their family and was very loved.
K9 Rakkar 52251
05/16/03 - 08/24/15
CWD Sniper retired from Afghanistan in July 2018 and was adopted shortly after. CWD Sniper was a retired working dog that came home with “aggressive “issues but Fred, a volunteer with K9 Hero Haven, fell in love with him and wanted to take him home regardless.
Unfortunately for some, retirement is brief.
Thank you for your service CWD Sniper... rest easy buddy... you will be missed and never forgotten.
CWD Loebes 04685
01/01/08 - 11/15/18
TCWD Alex 17372
12/20/06 - 03/08/19
CWD Dori 60869
05/01/09 - 08/21/18
CWD Cir PEDD retired from Afghanistan in 2015. He was K9 Hero Haven’s very first retired working dog we received.
He was adopted to Megan in May of 2019 and moved to Michigan. He was able to enjoy retirement as an only dog where he was very loved and spoiled.
From Megan: "Cir gave me such a great life and I’m so glad to have met him and give him a good life, too. You will be missed so much."
CWD Piko PEDD retired at the age of 7.5 after serving in Afghanistan. He was adopted to Ben and Tammy on 12/4/15.
He was a beautiful sweet boy who loved and enjoyed life. He will be greatly missed by his family.
CWD Piko PEDD passed away in his sleep peacefully. Thank you for your service CWD Piko. You will be greatly missed.
K9 Mikki retired from US Customs and Border Protection prior to his 11th birthday and came to K9 Hero Haven.
He became an ambassador for K9 Hero Haven and attend several events. He loved people and had no concept of personal space so he was usually found on someone’s lap.
Even thou his time with K9 Hero Haven was brief, we all loved him so much. I am sharing my favorite pics of him with you.
You will never be forgotten. We will always remember your beautiful smile