Free Medical Program for our Hero K9’s

For the freedoms that we all enjoy, our thanks go to the brave men and women who have and continue to serve in all branches of our U.S. Armed Forces. Wasatch Hollow Animal Hospital and our staff are also specially grateful for our military working dogs (MWD) and their handlers, our police canine (K-9) officers and search- rescue dogs that continue keeping us safe.

All of them and their families will enjoy a 10% discount on our services. In addition, we will give one year of free medical services in our hospital to two retired military working dog (MWD), retired police working dog (PWD) or retired contractor working dog (CWD) per year.

The first two dogs to apply will receive these services. If you know somebody interested contact us now.

Balto is our first Hero to join the program and here is his story:

John Logie began working with Balto when he went to Afghanistan in 2009. Working as a contracted handler first with the U.S. Special Forces, then the Canadian Military, the pair spent almost a year together searching for explosives and clearing the way for troops until the day Logie was injured.

John stated “It was May 9th 2010 me and Balto were clearing a compound when he indicated he was on odor and began to pull me towards the building. That’s when I stepped on the secondary IED. I was wounded but Balto was not. They found the primary and it was perfectly set up for me but because of Balto I am here today. If he had not pulled me towards that building I would of stepped on the primary which would of killed me”

After a year and a half recovery he returned to Afghanistan but this time as a Kennel Master. He would see Balto on occasion at KAF and when he was sent home due to reduction of force he went to an academy in Alabama where after certifying with his new dog John found out Balto was coming home.

He put in the papers and was able to take both Balto and his new Contract Working Dog home.

At Wasatch Hollow Animal Hospital we are thrilled to have him in our Free In-Hospital Medical Service Program for our Heroes. We look forward to seeing him enjoy a long, playful and healthy retired life.

Balto and John, Thank You for your service!

Read more about their story here.

Liz Baumgartner adopted Pax from the Davis County Animal Shelter on August 5th , 2011. As a 3-year old adult black male mix-breed dog, his outlook was not too sunny. She began training cadaver work with this Border collie/ Boxer mix the day Liz brought him home. In a little over a year, Pax was certified for Human Remains Detection with NASAR (National Association of Search and Rescue).

In August of 2013 FEMA adopted Human Remain Detection standards into its canine program that had historically only been for Live-Find dog and handler teams. Liz had been training Pax all year to meet those testing standards, and so in Novemeber 2013 he became the first of 2 FEMA ceritfied Human Remains Detection dogs in Utah. He was officially a member of Utah Task Force-1 (Salt Lake Urban Search and Rescue).

On March 22, 2014 a large mudslide occurred near Oso, Washington scarring 1.3 square miles, destroying homes and covering the area with 15 to 20 feet of mud and debris. 43 people were missing and presumed dead. Pax and Liz received their activation order on April 2, 2014 to help search for those people. The weather and conditions were extremely wet, and they searched constantly being sucked into the claylike mud. At the conclusion of operations, all 43 persons were identified.

On May 5th, 2014 Pax had just finished a successful training scenario. When he went for his reward toy, he injured his spinal cord leaving him paralyzed from his waist down. After a full year of rehab he had not regained full use of his back legs. His heart is still in searching even though his body cannot meet the rigors of the extreme conditions disasters pose.