Friday December 22nd. Baltimore, MD.

Puppie Love® is a proud supporter of organizations like American Humane. Last week, American Humane reached out to Puppie Love® asking if we would be interested in helping to bring Military Working Dog (MWD) John home for retirement, for the holidays. Of course, we said yes absolutely! We’ve donated $7,000 to help cover expenses, as American Humane facilitated the reunion of retired MWD John to his handler. This donation, which is more than our typical monthly donation was made possible by our wonderful customers, and all the support you have shown this Holiday Season! We are thrilled to play a small part in this journey to a well-deserved retirement. Read more about MWD John and his handler below. 

MWD John is 10-year-old German Shepard Explosive Detection Dog. After a decade of military service, he is retiring as his health declines and he is no longer being able to perform his duties. He started his career at Dog Training School in Lackland Air Force Base, then was sent to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii where he dutifully served eight years with seven different handlers. US Air Force airmen, SSgt Michael Alcala, was paired with MWD John from Sep 2018-Sep 2021 (the longest time of any of the seven handlers), working in security and law enforcement roles across the island of Oahu. MWD John has officially retired as of Wednesday 12/20/23 and has been reunited with SSgt Michael who was ready to welcome him to his “fur-ever” home in San Antonio, TX, and adopt him. Such a special Christmas gift!

As always, THANK YOU to our customers for being on mission with Puppie Love® and helping to care for dogs across the globe.

Thank you to American Humane for your continued work in promoting the welfare and safety of animals for over 100 years! Since 1877 American Humane has been the first to serve, wherever animals need rescue, shelter, protection, or security. From animal rescue to military initiatives, to monitoring animal actors in Hollywood, to conservation... American Humane is driven to help all animals.

And finally, thank you to all those who have served our Country, including our Nation’s Military Working Dogs. We remain grateful for your service.

To learn more about American Humane and the amazing work they continue to do, check out their website and social media links below:

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  • Lisa Buss: December 22, 2023
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    Merry Christmas! Michael and John. What a wonderful story. We are proud supporters of Puppie Love and have purchased the MWD tees for family. My son-in-law is Army National Guard and I have a German Shepherd grand-dog so this story is extra special. Enjoy your holidays! 🐾💙

  • Christa Alcala: December 22, 2023
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    Thank you so much American Humane and Puppie Love! SSgt Michael Alcala is my son. He would not have been able to bring John home because of the expense involved, but you made it possible. MWD John is a sweet boy and will need special care due to his health issues. American Humane is also covering all of John’s vet bills. I hope everyone reading this will consider buying a Puppie Love shirt ( I have their MWD shirt) and also donate to the American Humane Society. Happy holidays, everyone!

  • Connie Manning: December 22, 2023
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    I love to see the support for this cause. Their bond is so strong and deserve the opportunity to be together.

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