Our Warrior Dog Stories

Warrior Dog CWD Blackjack

Everyone, please join us in welcoming retired CWD Blackjack, to the Warrior Dog Foundation.  

Mike Ritland, Founder, with the Warrior Dog Foundation‘s newest resident, CWD Blackjack. Thank you Puppy Rescue Mission for transporting him to the ranch.

Pictured to left is Michael and CWD Blackjack. A little about Blackjack. 

Blackjack was on duty, protecting his unit from bombs, when a vehicle he was inspecting had a tire blow up next to him. Ever since that day, he was diagnosed with C-PTSD. He could not continue his career and Blackjack was retired. Michael adopted Blackjack to give him the retirement he deserved. Blackjack was brought to the States and was reunited with Michael a few months later in December. Sadly in February of 2015, Michael was hit by a drunk driver and did not survive. Blackjack then went to live with Michael’s mom who cared for him the best she could, until retiring him to the Warrior Dog Foundation for rehabilitation and care.

Warrior Dog Carlos

MPC “Carlos” and I. He was one of the reasons why I started the Warrior Dog Foundation, to help give a retirement to any working dog who needs it!  

He was an amazing dog, and not a day goes by that I don’t think about what an honor it was to give him the retirement all our four-legged heroes deserve! Help share his story so that everyone knows just how loyal and courageous our four-legged warriors are! For anyone that may not be familiar with his story, I have included it below.

On a raid, “Carlos” and his handler were the unfortunate victims of an IED that went undetected. In the middle of an intense fire fight, they approached an entryway where a bunch of munitions were cached. Enemy combatants hastily detonated the IED, and the resulting explosion severely injured both the handler and the dog and leveled that entryway. The force of the blast collapsed Carlos’ lungs and sinuses and threw him several feet, which resulted in his breaking both his back legs and his hips. When the other members of the team rushed up to assist the fallen handler, despite his own injuries, “Carlos” managed to crawl over to his handler and guard him. It took some time for the rest of the team to calm “Carlos” down. All the dog knew was that his buddy was hurt, and he was going to make sure that nobody else did any damage to him.
“Carlos” and his handler were medevaced out of that area of operation, and I’m pleased to say they both fully recovered. “Carlos” healed so well that he eventually returned to operational status and was even deployed again before being retired at age seven.


Welcome Rocky

Everybody, please welcome the newest Warrior Dog Foundation resident, retired K9 Rocky.
We will continue to evaluate him and provide updates in the weeks to come on his progress.


 Memorial To Zorro

Rest in peace, K9 Zorro.
It’s with a heavy heart, that I announce the passing of retired Police K9 Zorro.
Zorro was our resident old man at the Warrior Dog Foundation. He truly enjoyed the retired life! He loved rolling around in the grass and just relaxing laying out in the field while getting scratched right behind the ear. Every once in a while, he would get up so you could throw the ball for him a couple times and then he would go back to relaxing.
The passing of these warriors never gets easier, but knowing we were able to give him the retirement that all our working dogs deserve, makes it all worth it. – Mike Ritland