K9 Mark: Paws of Honor

Mark is a 7-year-old German Shepherd who is a retired Air Force Military Working Dog (MWD). He was stationed at Kirtland AFB, New Mexico. Mark was only an active dog for roughly 1.5 years. During training, Mark suffered a gruesome injury from running through a glass wall.

Since the injury, Mark started self-harming himself in his kennel. He also began chewing on the fencing, chewing through Vari-Kennels, to the point he was retired. 

Mark was a Dual-Purpose MWD specializing in Patrol and Explosives. What makes Mark special is his personality.  He's an extremely calm and relaxed dog now that he is retired. 

Mark’s primary role when he was working was to serve as an Explosive Detection asset, and psychological deterrent for the Department of Defense. 


Mark has some pretty severe medical issues. Although they are mental, they cause great strain to him. He has been on several medications such as Xanax and Trazodone for the stress/anxiety he suffers from when it rains, storms, or there is heavy wind. Mark's spine and hips are starting to give him issues. He is also starting to slow down when going up/downstairs. 


Mark's favorite thing to do is lay around with his KONG in his mouth. Nowadays he's more of a couch potato, unless his human sister decides he needs to play. 

Now, Mark is apart of the Paws of Honor program, which helps to support retired working dogs!

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