Guarding the Great Lakes, tales of Coast Guard Great Lakes dogs, part 2

 

Breezy takes a moment from her busy day at Coast Guard Station Niagara, N.Y., to pose for a photo. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Station Niagara

Breezy takes a moment from her busy day at Coast Guard Station Niagara, N.Y., to pose for a photo.
U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Station Niagara

 

The Great Lakes Coast Guard is sharing the stories of several dogs stationed throughout the Great Lakes in our blog series “Guarding the Great Lakes.” We hope you enjoy these stories of dogs who are “Always Ready” to go the distance and assist those in need.

Murdoc takes a moment to inspect a visitor to Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio. Murdoc is the grounds security supervisior at the station. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Station Marblehead

Murdoc takes a moment to inspect a visitor at Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio.
Murdoc is the grounds security supervisior at the station.
U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Station Marblehead

Murdoc

Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio

Coast Guard members since 2011

Murdoc, a black Labrador Retriever mixed breed, is one of the crew and stands duty most days keeping watch over western Lake Erie from a large window in the station’s communication center. He has been known to enjoy liberty a little too much and on more than one occasion has departed station grounds for the Dairy Dock, a popular local food stand, forcing his shipmates to locate and bring him back to his post.

Despite his diligent watch-standing, Murdoc has a rebellious streak. He has been reprimanded for dereliction of duty, fraternization with female dogs and conduct unbecoming of a Coast Guardsmen. As a result, he is confined to the station ground permanently.

“Regardless of Murdoc’s shenanigans, he is a great part of the station,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Phillip Null, the operations petty officer at the station.

“You could say the Murdoc is doing his part in the Coast Guard by keeping the crew here always on their toes.”

Hawkeye

Coast Guard Station Lorain, Ohio

Hawkeye stands watch at Coast Guard Station Lorain, Ohio for any unwanted visitors such as geese or birds. U.S. Coast Gaurd photo courtesy of Coast Guard Station Lorain

Hawkeye stands watch at Coast Guard Station Lorain, Ohio for any unwanted visitors such as geese or birds.
U.S. Coast Gaurd photo courtesy of Coast Guard Station Lorain

Coast Guard member since September 2012

Hawkeye, a yellow Labrador Retriever mixed breed, was originally a rescued dog adopted by a family that later found that they could not have dogs in their apartment building. Though sad to let him go, the family was glad that Hawkeye was coming to the station. Here he is active and is given plenty of attention.

Hawkeye spends his days patrolling the station grounds and chasing away unwanted visitors such as geese. He is always eager to go for a run and gets very excited when his leash is brought out.

He works well with children when they visit the station and has become something of a celebrity with the local children. When children visit from local schools the first thing they ask for is to visit with Hawkeye.

But with all these great attributes, the best thing about him is that, no matter the time of day, Hawkeye always meets the crew at the dock when they get back from being on a mission.

“Hawkeye may not come out on the boats with us, but he helps us by always being there for us and contributing to public outreach and education,” said Fireman John Larrison, a member of the station.

Breezy stands ready to learn about being a Coast Guard rescue dog at Coast Guard Station Niagara, N.Y. Though still a puppy, Breezy is learning fast how she can help the crew. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Gaurd Station Niagara

Breezy stands ready to begin her training as a Coast Guard rescue dog at Coast Guard Station Niagara, N.Y.
Though still a puppy, Breezy is learning how she can help the crew.
U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Gaurd Station Niagara

Breezy

Coast Guard Station Niagara, N.Y.

Coast Guard member since July 2013

Breezy, a German Shepherd mixed breed dog, was originally found wandering the streets in a town in South Carolina and after being relocated to several different temporary home she became a permanent member of Coast Guard Station Niagara.

Although she may have been a stray, Breezy quickly adapted to station life. Her daily activities include monitoring station work and guarding the station from pests.

“There is nothing more enjoyable than walking into the station and seeing Breezy waiting at the front door to greet you,” said Fireman Lauren Leonard, a member of the station.

“She is an excellent fit for this station and a valuable crew member.”

At the end of the week all the dogs will be featured on the Great Lakes Facebook page as part of a contest to see which luck dog will be the leader of the pack and become the Great Lakes Top Dog.

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