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Love For Lady at First Sight

Dedicated to a Life of Service

Lady’s former life as a bomb detection dog in Afghanistan is long behind her. Dedicated years of service have been replaced with “living the good life” with her adoptive family in Alabama.

The British Labrador Retriever, now 11-years-old, started her service in the United States Air Force as a CWD (Contract Working Dog). Born in Wales, England, she was bred to sniff out dangerous materials to protect our U.S. service men and women from harm. After four years in Afghanistan, the highly-dangerous part of her job ended. She then was put back to work in a different capacity on an air force base: building morale among soldiers by greeting them outside the chow hall, socializing with them, and extending the human-animal bond. This is when Gina’s husband, a fighter pilot stationed in Afghanistan at the time, first met Lady and knew fate would keep them together forever.

In 2013, Lady retired and was between handlers. Gina’s husband applied to adopt her. But the road to come to her new home had a few hurdles, mainly the cost and the distance.

The Puppy Rescue Mission (a 501(c)(3) organization in Texas whose goal is to fund-raise and assist in pet rescue, foster and re-homing, particularly for the pets of soldiers, especially those deployed in war zones), stepped in to help financially and to logistically deliver her to her new home. Lady flew from the North Pole to Dallas to Atlanta, where Gina picked her up from the airport.

“I cried tears of joy when I saw Lady. Her tail was wagging so fast and we connected immediately,” said Gina. Her husband was still on deployment and came home a month later, and from that day on, Lady didn’t let her new family out of her sight!

“Lady is so gentle with our young daughter. She’s loving and patient, and they have fun together,” said Gina. “She is also a great comfort to me when my husband goes on deployment. There’s lots of cathartic moments. She gently pads up to me when I’m sitting on the sofa and senses my sadness.” There is now only sniffing for treats and relaxing in comfortable memory foam beds around the house.

Lady’s still an active dog in her retirement, though. Whether it’s camping with her family on the weekends or walking in the neighborhood, her happy place is always anywhere they are. Lady has used Zoetis’ flea and tick product SIMPARICA® (sarolaner) Chewables which Gina says “has been critical to helping keep her safe” in her outdoor activities with her family.

Lady’s family says they are so grateful to The K-9 Courage Program—and will continue to provide her with a life of love and care.


IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: Simparica is for use only in dogs, 6 months of age and older. Simparica may cause abnormal neurologic signs such as tremors, decreased conscious proprioception, ataxia, decreased or absent menace, and/or seizures. Simparica has not been evaluated in dogs that are pregnant, breeding, or lactating. Simparica has been safely used in dogs treated with commonly prescribed vaccines, parasiticides, and other medications. The most frequently reported adverse reactions were vomiting and diarrhea. See full Prescribing Information.



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