Kelly and Kevin 3: Back from R&R
“Kevin true to form spent much of his spare time terrorising Claire (the Medic) eventually forcing her to move out of our mud hut and into the one next door to us…oops!! I think the final straw was when she walked in and discovered Kevin had chewed a Kevin-sized hole in her mosquito net and was laid there fully stretched out on her camp cot eating her teddies!!”
It’s been a while but they’re back! Lance Corporal Kelly Wolstencroft (RAVC) and her extremely mischievous but very effective Military Working Dog Kevin are back from R&R and Kelly has written the next instalment of their interesting and always amusing blog.
Below the picture is an extract from this blog and you can read the full piece (all about IED finds, birthdays, holidays and Kev’s trip to the doggy dentist!) by clicking HERE, or on the images below.
So we arrived in our new location and tried to make ourselves as comfortable as possible with the little we had. With no mud huts or tents left we set up for the night under that stars and stayed there for the next 3 to 4 weeks. It was extremely tiring at this location in particular as the task we had taken over was the biggest search operation in Helmand to last for about a month which meant we needed to be up and out for first light most mornings and came back in about 2pm as the heat was just too much to operate in, but even then we couldn’t sleep or rest because we had no relief from the heat, even in the shadows your water bottle would be bubbling, from about 9pm onwards was when it was possibly cool enough to sleep. Even though it was exhausting at this location I enjoyed it because I had 3 other dog handlers there to chat and catch up with, this is a rare occasion on tour as you can go your entire tour without seeing any of your friends (colleagues).
On the 10th of June Kevin and I flew back into Camp Bastion by helicopter as I had my RnR from the 13th to the 26th of June!! As soon as we got back into the kennels at Bastion Kevin jumped straight into the pool and would have been more than happy to stay there all night!! After his swim I put him in his kennel and went to have the first proper shower I hadn’t had in over 2 months! Once I had squared all my kit away and scrubbed 2 months’ worth of desert out of my hair I had the best night sleep of my life in my air-conditioned Bastion tent!! Kevin was to spend the next 2 weeks relaxing in his kennel and taking several dunks a day in the swimming pool!