Reclaiming K9 War Memorial B4 MWDM
The Hanabrit Salute
Patrol has given a howling salute at each of 14
Law Enforcement K9 burial ceremonies at the MWDM.
In addition, the
Patrol has marched in local parades since 2012 to honor our country’s
working dog team is a partnership, and to that end the Hanabrit Salute
has decided to begin offering our services to the families of Military
Enforcement K9 Handlers.
it is a group howling salute, a lone howl in the distance after Taps, a
canine standing guard near the grave site, or canines offering “hug
family and friends, we would be honored to serve the memory of your
Hanabrit K9 Salute
Patrol had performed a howling salute at 14 burials;
E154 - Buddy, a
Chesapeake Bay Retriever,
was a TSA explosive detection K9. He
has left an enormous hole in my heart that constantly aches to see him,
hug him and be at his side. I only pray that I was worthy of his
devotion and the incredible love he gave me. The thought that
helped my aching heart is that he is now totally healed. No longer in
pain. He can run and run to his hearts desire. But the one thing I am
SURE of is that Heaven has a new angel guarding its gates and that one
day we will be reunited because our time together on Earth was much to
MWD Mina F735 After
9 tours in
Afghanistan and two in Bosnia, our Military Hero has crossed over. He
good life and our son who I am very proud of, deserves to have his dog
recognized. Mina will always be in our hearts and soul. And
great pride that he was a part of our family history. Hopefully he will
talked about for a long
by Sgt. Corey McCourt & June Etlinger
K-9 Diago, Livingston
County Sheriff's K-9
Unit. He was certified as a exposive detection, tracker and Patrol dog.
K-9 Diago was credited with
clearing several building during bomb threats, tracked and found
several missing children and adults, assisted in the arrest of
a B&E suspect, attended several public events to help bridge
law enforcement with the community. K-9 Diago's "End
of Watch" was February
K-9 Alex, Novi Police
Department's K-9 Unit. He was certified as a
narcotic detection, tracking, building and article search and patrol
2008 and assigned to the Novi Police Department's K-9 Unit with handler
On April 18, 2014 K-9 Alex died in the arms of Officer Manar.
MWD Chyan D233,
He was certified as a explosive detection,
scout, tracker and patrol dog.
In 2002 he was assigned to "Special Ops" and
from this date to 2010 his service records was unattainable. What is
known, is that during this time frame MWD Chyan was
positioned in many areas of Europe, he was in Antwerp, Belgium,
Germany, Bosnia, in and out of Iraq and Afghanistan several times.
Shaman-H055 He was certified as a PNDD (Patrol
Narcotic Detection Dog) with his handler Sgt. Asher. In 2006 Sgt. Asher competed in
the FORCOM Working Dog Trials. Shaman always scored high and was "Top
Dog" in narcotic detection. In mid-2006 Asher and Shaman were deployed
to Iraq at one of Iraq's high profile prisons. While in Iraq they were
on call to assist American and British Special Operations Forces in
Southern Iraq. July
21, 2014 Shaman passed away.
was certified in Narcotic detection, Handler protection, Tracking,
Building search, Area search, and Article search. K9 Quinn and Officer
Soli were assigned to the Fowlerville Public Schools as liaison
the years K9 Quinn had several narcotic finds, caught several fleeing
felons and assisted every Police Department in Livingston County. K9
Quinn was mostly known for his unbelievable temperament. He was loved
and petted by several hundred children in the Fowlerville
Quinn was sent to heaven on September 02, 2014. He will be missed by
He was certified as a Explosive Detection Dog, field-certify as a
Patrol Dog, then assigned to the USSS (United States Secret Service)
and he traveled across the country providing secure travel
accommodations for the President and Vice-President of the United
States. Pito was deployed to Iraq in support of OIR
Iraqi Freedom). In 2011, he was deployed to Afghanistan in support of
OEF (Operation Enduring Freedom) and Pito returned to his home base
later that year. Thank you for your service!
SSgt McKenna Price, United States Air Force
He was certified with the United States Navy as a PEDD (Patrol
Explosive Detection Dog). Bady was deployed to Kuwait, spending several
months patrolling for explosives. He deployed to Iraq in 2006,
conducting the same duty. During this deployment, he served on several
special operations with Navy SEAL Team 5, the 9th Engineering Support
Battalion, and the 3rd Battalion/ 2nd Marines, Lima Company. Then
assigned to a new duty station: the Naval Air Engineering Group at
Joint Base McGuire/Dix/Lakehurst in New Jersey. Bady was again deployed
to Iraq and is credited with leading a patrol in the apprehension of 8
personnel on a Time-Sensitive Target scout mission. On another mission,
he found (and bit) an Iraqi insurgent hiding in a “spider hole”. While
on patrol, he alerted and uncovered 5 weapons, 2 bags of ammunition and
a bag of propellant. His MWD Team was awarded The Army Commendation
Medal. Those who knew and worked with Bady are very proud of his heroic
accomplishments and he will be missed by many. Rest in Peace, K9
Warrior, until we meet again.
Thank you for your service!
Petty Officer 2nd Class John Winjum, United States Navy
Cody, She was a certified “Therapy Dog” and
also received the “Canine Good Citizen” award from AKC.
We started making visits to hospitals, schools, VA hospitals and senior
homes visiting WWII and Korean war veterans.The people loved her, she
alway put a smile on their faces especially the ones that needed to
Cody-Girl until we’re together again. Phil
& Barb Weitlauf
in the US Navy from 2008 - 2011. She was deployed once to Camp Arifjan
Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from June 2009 to June
2010. MWD Zizi retired early at the age of six, due to Progressive
Retinal Atrophy. She was adopted by her handler MA1 Cristina Collesano
in February 2011. Zizi was diagnosed with Cancer in March 2014 and
passed away peacefully in Cristina’s arms on September 23, 2014.
At the age of 11 months, Samson began his Police K-9 training, and
after several months, began patrolling the complex. Samson was
cross-trained in Patrol and Narcotics Detection and later Nationally
certified through the National Association of Professional Canine
Handlers. Samson proved so effective at crime deterrent and criminal
apprehension that soon a second K-9 team was added, as well as a third,
fourth and fifth K-9 team. Being partnered with Handler Tim Przytulski,
K-9 Samson began locating narcotics and assisting Southfield Police and
undercover units with search warrants and arrests. During one such
search warrant K-9 Samson help locate 67 bags of marijuana and a loaded
Spaulding K419 - SSD (Specialized
Search Dog) US Army. Deployed twice to
Afhganistan with the 3rd & 7th Special Forces.
Adopted by handler from
Axe of the Southfield Police K9 Unit. Officer
Raby and family for the lost of their K9 Hero. His watch is over and
may he RIP.
& I performing our first Howl in public, at a MWDM clean up in
Salutes at MWDM
Hanabrit Salute Patrol 2017
MWDM has become a beautiful place and I am proud to have been apart of
So we move on down the road of life, to offer our service to families
of K9 Handlers,
both Military & Police at thier burials/memorials.
free to contact me for more information regarding our future Hanabrit
Salute Patrol endeavors.
little history of the Hanabrit Salute Patrol. Jim & I and a
of volunteers helped start the huge challenge of clearing the MWDM site
that was overgrown & looked like a forest. The original
wasn't even visible from Milford rd. when found in 2010.. Then the real
work began, 2 clean ups every summer, catching poison ivy, taking the
bbq to feed the volunteers, joining the board to organize this
wonderful cemetery. At one of the cleanups in 2011(pic above)
Bear gave a howl salute to the volunteers.... then the light bulb went
off, lets start a salute patrol for the ceremonies.
So in 2013, the Hanabrit Salute Patrol
gave a Howl to salute their fallen hero (MWD Buddy
the end of the ceremony, which was the first of 14 memorials we participated
I have been so very proud of our Patrol, you all that have volunteered
your time to honor these service dogs. Some of the ceremonies
were very COLD or HOT, but we were there.
I was relieved of my board seat by the president of the MWDM, but thats
another tale to tell...
Vietnam War Dog Wall dedication was amazing & surprising too.
Other dogs joined our Patrol to salute, without
reason or notice. A week later, I find out why...
the president of the MWDM relieved me of my position; I
received a Face Book pm from him stating
that Hanabrit Salute Patrol is no longer welcome to participate in
their ceremonies. That he is starting a Salute team of his own.