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Letters, E-mails & Pictures From Our Soldiers...
E-mail from a Camp Kujo . . .
North meeting dog team
SSgt Carpenter and
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Subject: RE: Vests received (UNCLASSIFIED)
Wow, more terrific news! We received more boxes today (Doggles, MuttLuks, Kongs, FURminators, and many other great toys). We are so grateful for what you, your sponsors, and all who are involved with your organization. It was like Christmas passing out the new gear for the dogs to try out. I must say, you have definitely spoiled us and the dogs. Enjoy the pictures!
(NOTE: MWD Emy was unable to wear the RPCM® ChillyDog Vest, as you can barely see in the picture, she is bandaged from a minor surgery. She had 2 cysts removed from her lower back. So she is currently on 'light-duty' until we remove the stitches in a week. She is healing up nicely)
The FURminator is a great tool that is in wide use by military dog teams. It beats out any other grooming tool 'hands-down'. Also, it saves time because we only need to use it a few times a week to keep the dogs looking great; as opposed to daily grooming with other tools. I will definitely get you some pictures in the very new future of the handlers grooming their dogs with them.
I hope these pictures make your day as this equipment has made ours. We are truly humbled by your generosity. Please send these pictures to all who were involved in making this happen. Thank you again for everything!!
May 6, 2009
My name is Sgt Drew Odell and I am the (Kujo) Kennel Master for a brand new K9 unit in Afghanistan. We currently have 6 dogs and handlers that are performing incredible tasks day-to-day while living in 100% field-conditions.
As with any brand new unit, supplies are short and/or non-existent. I was passed your information from my Major who recommended that I send you an e-mail to see if your organization can do anything to assist us. Organizations like yours have been a tremendous help to K9 units fighting all over the world. So, any assistance, no matter how small, would be greatly appreciated.
...For the time being, I attached a few pictures of the compound we built. The entire compound was built solely by the hands of us handlers. This is where we live work and train. We started with absolutely nothing when we arrived here and have built a fairly livable 5-tent compound in the course of a few weeks.
Take care and God Bless!
Andrew W. Odell, TSgt, USAF
May 14, 2009
Terrific news; we received a box containing the RPCM® ChillyDog Vest and the additional cool packs...All is well here; as well as it can be. I attached some pictures to show you our compound (see picures above). Everything you see was built solely by us K9 guys. When we arrived here, we had no place to call 'home'. So we got to work rather quickly on a plot of land; well, more like a plot of mud. Within 3 weeks, we built a 5-tent compound. Here are some fun numbers for you: 150 sheets of 4' x 8' plywood, over 1400' of 2" x 6" boards, nearly 1000 feet of 2" x 4" boards, over 2000 nails, and 800 sandbags. It was quite the workout! But, you'd be amazed what several motivated handlers can accomplish in a short time.
Everyday gets a little better as we acquire more supplies to make our camp a little more homely. Thank you so much for everything. I will keep you updated as much as I can. More pictures of the dogs coming soon. :)
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