I’m celebrating Veteran’s Day with an interview with a brave and honored Military Working Dog. His name is Gabe and he won a big award from the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards. Gabe is one of the bravest military dogs that I know and he has helped the military by finding hidden weapons and explosives. He kept many soldiers safe by doing this. I am honored to be able to interview Gabe. He is definitely a hero!
My Interview with Gabe the Retired Military Working Dog
Daisy: When did you become a Military Working Dog?
Gabe: I started out as a MWD in 2006. This is a very long time ago but I still remember it like it was yesterday…even though it was 42 years ago in our dog timetable.
Daisy: In your military career were you stationed in many different places:
Gabe: Yes, as a matter of fact, I was. I was stationed in Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Lewis, Washington; Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and Fort Bliss, Texas.
Daisy: What did you do when you were deployed to Iraq?
Gabe: My time in Iraq was quite a harrowing experience and I went on a total of 210 combat missions. I was trained to find explosives and that is exactly what I did. I found a total of 26 weapon caches and explosives. Finding them helped keep my human comrades safe and sound.
Daisy: That is awesome Gabe. I’m so impressed with how you were able to help out and keep our soldiers from harm. Did you do anything else while you were in Iraq?
Gabe: Yes, when I got time off from finding dangerous explosives I was able to go to the combat hospitals and visit the wounded soldiers there. I also went to some of the elementary schools there and visited with the kids. They all liked me and I got lots of extra hugs and petting there.
Daisy: I know you just were honored with the 2012 American Humane Association Hero Dog Award but I have heard it through the grapevine that you have received some other awards too. Would you mind sharing with us what those awards are?
Gabe: I really don’t like to brag about the awards that I have received because everything I did was because I love my country and I support all of our troops. But since you have asked I can tell you that in 2008 I was selected as the American Kennel Club (AKC) Heroic Military Working Dog. I was also runner up in the AKC Military Working Dog category for the 2011 Hero Dog Awards.
Daisy: Do you have any favorite awards?
Gabe: The awards that I received that I cherish the most are the ones that I received during my military career. I earned more than 40 coins of excellence and awards. I am very proud of those.
Daisy: Now that you are retired do you do any volunteer work?
Gabe: Since I have retired I still volunteer. What can I say? It is in my blood. I visit children in schools. I try to inspire them about just how important it is to stay in school. Sometimes school (and training) is not easy but you can’t give up. My time spent in school was very trying at times but I stuck with it and was able to succeed and become a great Military Working Dog—my dream come true.
Another one of my favorite causes now is letting people know about all the shelter dogs who have not been able to have as great a life as me. These dogs are very special and deserve to be in a home where they can be loved and cherished furever.
Daisy: You won a lot of money with your AHA award. How do you plan on spending that money? Will you be buying lots of bacon, treats, and ice cream? Are you going to take a vacation?
Gabe: I have decided that the best thing to do with the $10,000 is to donate it to a worthy cause. The United States War Dogs Association will be given the money.
Daisy: That is awesome Gabe! You are really a hero in all senses of the word. Thank you for your service to our great United States of America and Happy Veteran’s Day!