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Racker’s New Home

A Patrol and Explosive Detection Dog

Contract Working Dog (CWD) Racker is a Czech Shepherd, born May 18, 2009, in a small town outside of San Antonio, Texas. From birth and during his whelping time, Racker showed he had the drive and desire to become a Patrol and Explosive Detection Dog (PEDD).

Racker was selected, along with four of his brothers and sisters, to travel to Bosnia-Herzegovina to receive specialized training in explosives detection. Here, Racker met his first handler and deployment partner to Afghanistan. They completed their training in February 2011 and were immediately shipped as a team to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, to obtain their certification.

Racker and his handler were then sent to Afghanistan, where Racker’s primary role was to identify potential explosive devices designed to harm United States Marines, Department of Defense civilians, and coalition forces personnel assigned to and around Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. Racker and his handler performed their duties from 2011 through 2016.

In 2016, Racker had completed his duties and was scheduled for retirement. Unfortunately, Racker’s handler was unable to adopt him.

Thankfully, Mission K9 Rescue could help. On August 5, 2016, Racker came home to Texas and was adopted by one of Mission K9 Rescue’s volunteers.

Racker is now enjoying his retirement in south Texas thanks to Mission K9 and financial donation from the K-9 Courage Program!


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