June 25, 2013
Born on February 10, 2008, somewhere in the United States, Belgian Malinois MWD Jukon N368 began his military career on March 26, 2009. Jukon was trained in Explosive Detection and Patrol (Bite work). He was assigned to the 802 Security Forces at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, TX, and deployed Iraq where he was stationed at Balad Air Base in December 2009 through June 2010.
Shortly after his return to the United States, Jukon became critically ill with kidney failure and was not expected to live more than three months.
He was transferred to the 341st MWD Training Squadron where the dedicated staff at the DoD Holland Military Working Dog Hospital worked feverishly to save this Hero dog.
Against all odds, Jukon survived and for three years was able to continue serving as a Training Aide to teach new MWD handlers at Lackland AFB.
After three years serving in this capacity, Jukon, now in Stage 3 Chronic Kidney Failure (CKF) was retired and adopted to Debbie Kandoll on June 6, 2013.
Thanks to Military Working Dog Adoptions and Debbie, MWD Jukon was rehomed to his Forever Home in Gainesville, Fl with Judie and Rich Mindrum on Friday June 21, 2013.Judie, who is a retired nurse, is uniquely qualified to care for Jukon’s kidney maintenance which includes meds and subcutaneous fluids which must be administered once a week.
Debbie made the flight with Jukon. The first leg of the journey was a 3:30 a.m. Flight from Las Cruces to drive to El Paso International Airport. Then at El Paso International Airport, they awaited Delta FLT 851 to Atlanta. The final flight was out of Atlanta to Gainesville, Florida. MWD Jukon took his trip seriously, dutifully sniffing every bag he came in contact with for explosives!
Excellent work, Military Working Dog Adoptions. And a big thank you to Rich and Judie Mindrum for adopting Jukon N368. Let’s not forget the dog. Thank you, Jukon, for your selfless service to your country. May you now enjoy life as a spoiled family dog.