The letter came from the commander of the unit that our AKC Kennel Club sent K9 supplies to. This is from the Battalion level, not the guys on the ground...its their boss’s boss.
If it weren’t for dog shows and kennel clubs we wouldn’t have had this money to send to our K9 Troops.
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Souhegan Kennel Club BOD
Published in Nashua Telegraph, Nashua NH.
Soldiers thankful for kennel club support
Published: Monday, January 26, 2009
To the editor:
I wanted to extend my greatest appreciation for the Souhegan Kennel Clubs efforts to support our specialty search dogs here in Iraq.
Your donations to support the canines on ground here have had a profound impact on their morale and quality of life. Often this element of the military has specific needs that can be easily overlooked.
Because of your efforts, the soldiers responsible for these animals have been able to provide them regular checks between missions. These needs may seem minute to an organization of your caliber, but your support has been critical to ensuring the happiness and good health of our animals. The collapsible bowls, toys and grooming supplies provided were met with great anticipation and excitement by both our canines and their handlers.
These animals provide a vital mission and often are responsible for saving the lives of many American sons and daughters. Your organization has improved the quality of life for our animals. I appreciate your efforts and thank you for all that you do. Without organizations such as yours contributing to our efforts here in Iraq, our military would certainly have faced a more difficult time.
Lt. Col. Joel Cross,
5th Engineer Battalion, Iraq
That is a wonderful cause. It would be a tragedy for animals if the clubs were unable to continue this true humane work. The clubs themselves are dependent on the continuation of the varieties of dogs and the activities they inspire.