Now more than ever, you are needed to donate your old blankets, towels, and sheets to your local animal shelter. With financial cut-backs, repairs on shelters are often put off, so if it's drafty, the animals suffer. I know my shelter uses rags to stuff under doors. No kidding! Empty out those closets... this is your chance to get rid of stuff and do something useful!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

RIP Corporal Kory D. Wiens, Dog Handler

Sad news this morning via K-9 Heroes:

(SALEM, Ore. ) - Cpl. Kory D. Wiens, 20, of Independence, Ore. died July 6th of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Muhammad Sath, Iraq.

Photo: Oregon National Guard

Cpl. Kory D. Wiens was named after his grandfather who was a canine handler during the Korean War.

...He attended canine school at the 341st Training Squadron, Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, where he met his partner and friend, a yellow Labrador Retriever named Cooper. Cooper was a specialized search dog trained to find firearms, ammunition and explosives.

...Their abilities to detect TNT, C-4, detonation cords, smokeless powder and mortars saved countless lives by taking explosives and other IED manufacturing materials off the streets of Iraq.
...Kory and Cooper died alongside each other while performing a search patrol on July 6th.

Full story:

Kory is survived by numerous family members, including his father, Kevin; mother, Judith (also known as Laura); brothers, Kevin and Kyle; sister, Lindsay; and grandmother, Patricia McAlister. He also had four nieces and nephews, and was a great uncle to his sister's children.

Rest in peace, Brave Warrior.