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Navy SEAL Museum to Donate Working Dog to Special Operations Veteran

Fort Pierce, Fla. – May 27, 2020 – The Navy SEAL Museum is pleased to announce the donation of another working dog to a veteran of the Special Operations community. Through the Museum’s K9 Project, with the unwavering support of partner Baden K-9, a 12-month-old Belgian Malinois will be presented to the warrior this Friday at the Navy SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, Florida.

“Dogs have long been an important part of the military community and irreplaceable among SEAL Teams,” said Rick Kaiser, Navy SEAL Museum Executive Director. “Canines can go where operators often cannot. Fierce and focused with loyalty beyond reproach, dogs lend invaluable support to their teammates throughout a mission. The same can be said of the dedication of a working dog with its veteran handler following military service.”

Baden K-9

“K9 Dawson” is the son of the Museum’s lead working dog, Raven. Named for William “Bill” Dawson, one of the last remaining Naval Combat Demolition Unit (NCDU) operators of World War II who passed away last year, the young pup has been noted for his exceeding intelligence and even temperament. Like his namesake, Dawson’s life will be dedicated to meaningful service, following a legacy of great honor.

“The amazing part of the dog perhaps is its ability to reach into the human heart deeper than any other person can,” said Mike McConnery, owner and founder of Baden K-9. “It is more about a trusted comrade than anything else. Service to service. Pretty much sums it up.” This donation was made possible by the generous contributions of donors at the 2019 Swim With a Mission event in New Hampshire. With press and public welcome, the canine presentation will take place at the Navy SEAL Museum on Friday, May 29th at 10:00 AM.

About Baden K-9
Baden has been in business for over 40 years. Baden is totally committed to providing the finest and most capable working service dogs in the world. Whether you are purchasing a dog for home and personal protection, or for use in hostile areas, each client is treated with the same degree of professionalism. Baden’s dogs have been used with great success as service dogs to soldiers and law officers, guides for the blind and disabled, protectors for victims of violent crimes, guardians of the family/home/business/and companions and playmates for children. Our breeding program for all of our dogs at Baden is for temperament and character and to continue building a solid breeding base.

About the Navy SEAL Museum K9 Project
Partnering with Baden K-9 in Ontario, Canada, with the generous support of dedicated donors, the Navy SEAL Museum has donated multiple working dogs to deserving veterans of the Special Operations community. This unique program creates an effective platform to help veterans assimilate back into civilian life by facilitating a special relationship between man and dog. The bond between elite operator and elite canine provides the structure and fellowship many veterans find lacking upon their transition to the civilian world, something they often feel is missing after leaving years of training and combat behind.

About The Navy SEAL Museum
The National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum is the only museum dedicated solely to preserving the history of the U.S. Navy SEALs and their predecessors. Located in Fort Pierce, Florida, the Museum resides on the training grounds of the original Navy combat divers, the Frogmen. Built to honor the men who served with fortitude and ingenuity, the Navy UDT-SEAL Museum first opened its doors on Veterans Day in 1985. From humble beginnings, the facility has experienced tremendous growth, achieving national stature in 2007. The main objective of the Museum remains the promotion of public education by providing the opportunity to explore the history of the Navy SEALs through interactive exhibits, while honoring the fallen at the SEAL Memorial and caring for those warriors’ families through Trident House Charities.

The Navy SEAL Museum
For further information, contact:
Elaine Ryan
Phone: (772) 595-5845 x 216
Mail to:
Rolf Snyder
Phone: (913) 244-4782
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