SAF Dogs Seek New Home

This might come as a surprise to you, but Singaporean males aren’t the only ones who are required to serve national service.

Our favourite canine friends also do their part for the nation — by protecting military bases and personnel. They are also on guard during public events like the National Day Parade.

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And just like their human counterparts, these dogs also have their own Operationally-Ready Date (ORD) — or rather, it should be ROD (Release Of Duty) — when they’ll be declared retired and are free to find a new loving home.

Adoption Drive

12 dogs from the Military Working Dog Unit (MWDU) have retired after dedicating more than 40 (dog) years of their lives to the force, which equates to about 5 human years.

Although they may not be young, they still radiate energy and are full of life, according to their dog handlers.

Potential adopters may be concerned over the health conditions of the canines due to the nature of the job and their age, but there’s nothing to worry about. All the dogs undergo annual vaccinations and routine health checks conducted by in-house veterinarians. Regular heartworm and parasite prevention programmes also ensure they remain in tip-top condition even after retirement.

On top of that, they have all undergone basic obedience training, which means you don’t have to spend time teaching them from scratch.

Here are the dogs that need homes after their stalwart service to the nation:

1. Milan

He may be shy at first, but once Milan warms up to you he’ll be a real bundle of joy to be around. He’ll be there for you when you’re upset and will no doubt repay your love for him.

He loves hanging around people and his favourite game is “fetch”.

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Age in human years: 13

Gender: Male

Breed: Labrador Retriever

2. Vivi

Small and gentle, one may be surprised to find out how loving and expressive Vivi can be. She is good at mingling with both humans and dogs and will be the perfect house pet.

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Age: 11

Gender: Female

Breed: Hungarian Vizla

3. Meky

You may have experienced difficulty in getting dogs to shower, but Meky wouldn’t give you such a headache — he just loves a cold bath. Though he may be a handful initially, your patience and affection will pay off as he is fun-loving and affectionate.

And remember to be generous when feeding him, he has a huge appetite!

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Age: 10

Gender: Male

Breed: German Shepherd

4. Arco

If you’re the type of owner who just loves cuddling with your dog, Arco might be perfect for you. One of the gentlest dogs in the unit, Arco loves a warm embrace.

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Age: 11

Gender: Male

Breed: German Shepherd

5. Elmo

While other dogs bark and run around to greet others, Elmo gives you a friendly nuzzle instead. A sporty dog, Elmo enjoys a tennis ball as much as a grooming session where he can just nua.

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Age: 12

Gender: Male

Breed: Malinois

6. Riso

Whenever you go to the kitchen for a snack, Riso will be there enthusiastically barking at you, pleading for a share of the treat.

He loves being the centre of attention and is fond of belly rubs.

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Age: 10

Gender: Male

Breed: German Shepherd

7. Gajos

Gajos may only have one ear (he lost his left ear due to an infection) but he is still a healthy dog. All his handlers love him and he has a special bark that lights up one’s day.

He enjoys a pat on the head and stroke under the chin just as much as playing ball.

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Age: 11

Gender: Male

Breed: German Shepherd

8. Baghir

Baghir is a gentle giant. Though he may be old, he is just like a kid and can be exceptionally lively when playing with toys.

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Age: 11

Gender: Male

Breed: German Shepherd

9. Vera

Vera is more comfortable around humans than other canines, so if you already have another dog at home it’s best not to consider her.

She is one of the most beloved dogs in the MDWU and often brings smiles and laughter to those around her.

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Age: 10

Gender: Female

Breed: Malinois

10. Wasa

Wasa has a healthy appetite that can rival Meky’s. Don’t let his age fool you though, he is capable of pulling of adorable “puppy faces” that can melt your heart.

He is a gentle dog and is good around humans.

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Age: 12

Gender: Male

Breed: German Shepherd

11. Bak

Bak has the tendency to nestle up to whoever stands beside him, proving how friendly and comfortable he is with people.

His old age is not a deterrent when it comes to engaging in ball games and his energetic self will be on show during such activities.

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Age: 10

Gender: Male

Breed: Labrador Retriever

12. Lack

The eldest of all the dogs put up for adoption, one may assume Lack is less active compared with the others. While he has a more lepak character, he still enjoys a game with a tennis ball.

Lack is suitable for both an active and relaxed lifestyle. Just remember to give him an affectionate belly rub when he lies down on his side next to you.

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Age: 14

Gender: Male

Breed: Labrador Retriever

Details

If you’re still unsure whether a former military dog will be suitable for your home or be a loving companion you can read some stories here that may change your mind.

You can also contact the MWDU for any further queries.

Contact number: 6424 6623

Operating hours: 9am to 5pm on weekdays

If you are interested in adopting a dog, a visit will be planned for you to view and choose a dog. You and your home will be assessed to ascertain you have the capabilities and compatibility to properly love and care for the dog you are adopting.

The adoption drive ends on June 15, 2017.

In the unfortunate event that not all dogs are adopted, the unadopted ones will remain at the MWDU where they will receive full medical care and boundless love.

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