The Dogist

The Dogist is a beautiful, funny, and inspiring tribute to the beloved dogs in our lives. Every page presents dog portraits that command our attention. Whether because of the look in a dog’s eyes, its innate beauty, or even the clothes its owner has dressed it in, the photos will make you ooh and  aah, laugh, and fall in love. Photographed by Elias Weiss Friedman, aka The Dogist, every portrait in the book tells a story and explores the dog’s distinct character and spirit. Themed sections include Puppies, Cones of Shame, Working Dogs, and Dogs in Fancy Outfits, giving every dog lover something to pore over

American Forces Network Europe

I was able to bring you a really fantastic story about one kennel in Amberg Germany and how they really worked to support former Marine veteran who was in need of some help. So, today I have Master Sergeant Lockett. He’s with 1-2 Operations and SFC Smith. He’s with the Air Assault Falcon team over in Hohenfels.

U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria

SPOTLIGHT SUCCESS—A Soldier by day, dog trainer and kennel owner by night. Patrick Lockett is a part of a family business that has been around for nearly 60 years, Haus Amberg Shepherds. He also is one of the very few certified trainers in the area. On June 10, he celebrated the German Day of the Dog with people who share the same passion of German shepherds that he does. He said, “I love it because of days like today. We see people come to us with zero experience with dogs, and then they come back after one of our classes. And then they continue to come back, and continue to come back… and a year later, I see a German shepherd that has grown into an amazing product, an amazing dog.” Patrick serves his surrounding community by offering free training classes to the Americans, where he teaches basic and advanced obedience.

haus-amberg-shepherds News Article

VILSECK, Germany — A dog’s devotion to its owner is a wonderful thing. But so too has been the devotion of a pair of Soldiers helping another veteran.

Master Sgt. Patrick Lockett is the owner of the Haus Amberg Shepherds kennel just outside of U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria’s Rose Barracks. He and his friend and dog handler, Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Smith — a Soldier assigned to the Joint Multinational Readiness Center out of Hohenfels — recently made headlines by making the impossible possible.

Marine Corps veteran Garrett J. Carnes lost both legs stepping on an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Khan Neshin, Afghanistan. (read more)