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CWD Alex


December 20, 2006

Departed this life on

March 8, 2019

Biographical Info

“CWD Alex EDD retired in March of 2016 from Iraq and was adopted by Joette and Jerry in PA. Alex had 3 wonderful years of retirement with them in a loving home where he lived crate free with lots of love and daily treats.


About 7 months ago, CWD Alex started having episodes mainly at night. He would knock stuff over, walk into things, had periods of panting and confusion. His family tried different medications, lab work and many things trying to help him. For 7 months they took turns and dealt with sleepless nights trying to help and comfort him to no avail. A week ago, they contacted me and he needed to come back.


I tried crating him here, changing his food, his meds, and he was doing ok. I talked back and forth with my vet discussing his case. I was watching his behavior etc here.


With his set up, I was breaking him in a different area on a lead away from the other dogs. He used an outside lead in his adoption home so he was familiar with that. Well tonight I put him out, came in the house for just for a few minutes (less then 15) and went back out and he was gone. The lead came apart and the hook was on his collar. I immediately started looking and calling. I called Mike and he started looking as well. We have 5.5 acres here. After 15 mins, I called our local vet and he was just brought in there in critical condition. Apparently he was hit at the end of our lane. The people did not stop. A vet tech just happened to go by, at that time and stopped and immediately took him to the vet. I called there looking for him and went in immediately. He passed while I was there.


Thank you Joette and Jerry for giving him the best 3 years of retirement a dog could ever hope for. Thank you to the vech tech who stopped and tried to save him. Thank you to the staff at Sunbury Animal Hospital who did everything they could to save him.


Thank you for your service CWD Alex. You are loved by many and will be missed. I am deeply sorry.” -K9 Hero Haven (8 March 2019)



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K9 Hero Haven

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Program or Non Profit Mission

“K9 Hero Haven is a 100% volunteer organization. K9 Hero Haven is dedicated to serving the military, veterans, and first responders by providing working dogs a home for retirement. The K-9s employed with the military and first responders are the best at what they do. They are expected to work in the most toughest of environments and face the harshest of conditions. At any moment, they are expected to selfishly give their live to save ours.


K9 Hero Haven helps to transition dogs to retirement. If at all possible, we want to re-unite a dog with its handler. We give preference to provide veterans and law enforcement with retired working dogs in honor of their sacrifices. We strive to educate the public on the roles that these dogs place in our world, and to highlight the level of training which goes into to these dogs never to forget the dedication to their service in keeping us safe from danger.  


We work hard to find good homes for our dogs. We also work to provide dignity and respect to the dogs who need some additional work to prepare them for their journey to retirement.”  

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