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In a recent issue of Midwest Living® magazine, we shared the story of 12 special dogs called TEDDs, which stands for Tactical Explosive Detection Dogs. We invited readers to send letters to these dogs serving in Afghanistan. Here’s a sampling.

Fri, 16 Nov 2012|

In a recent issue of Midwest Living magazine, we shared the story of 12 special dogs called TEDDs, which stands for Tactical Explosive Detection Dogs. These dogs are serving in Afghanistan alongside the Ohio Army National Guard’s 37th Brigade Combat Team, and their role is to sniff out bombs. We invited readers to write letters of support to these dogs and handlers, and the huge response was inspiring. We received more than 400 letters from schoolchildren, veterans, families all across the Midwest and even from family pets. All of them share the appreciation of those who serve, the special bond between us and our pets, and the sense of pulling together that truly shows the heart of the Heartland. Here’s a sampling: “Dear Buckeye Brigade: As the owner of a therapy dog who visits hospitals and ‘reads’ with children in school, I totally understand how dogs can do things that people cannot. I’m certain the bond you each have forged with your canine is much more than just a working relationship. I pray God watches over all of you and returns you safely to the U.S. soon. Thank you for what you do.” “Dear soldier and your dog: I want to thank you for all of the hard work you have put into protecting our country. It is because of people like you that I am able to go to high school and do all the things that I love. My friend and I have a pet-sitting business, and we both had dogs that recently passed away. I just wanted to make sure that you and your dog know that there is support for you back home. I’m sending you my thoughts and prayers to keep you all safe. Thank you for all you do.” “I thought about you when we went on our early morning walk. The clover and thistles and other prairie flowers were blooming. You must miss the good meadow smells way over there. Thank you for keeping us safe.” “Dear warriors: As a Vietnam vet, I am familiar with the capabilities and even comforting presence of working dogs. I just wish the dogs and their humans all the best to be safe and to save lives.”