War Dogs!

Mans’ best friend is his best friend at war, too. (Well, he is if you don’t count the A-10 Warthog.)

After the war, too: this has to be the most unusual wardog story you will ever come across. I’m telling you, it makes me smile: “She was just an instrument of love.”

What do war dogs do? The United States War Dogs Association lists – the seven most common types of military roles dogs play, with a brief description of current breeds of war dogs and a brief history of breeds chosen in the past:
Sentry Dogs
Scout or Patrol Dogs
Messenger Dogs
Mine Dogs
Casualty Dogs
Tunnel Dogs
Explosives Detection
Quote from the US War Dogs Association: “You might think ‘Seen one military working dog, seen ‘em all’ – but these dogs are as diverse as the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines they work beside.”

I think it was Duckie who mentioned this outstanding, entertaining, funny, and highly informative book to me, about the dogs of the US Navy SEALs:
Mike Ritland, Gary Bozek Trident K9 Warriors

Here’s an excellent article specifically about “bomb-sniffing” dogs

That article verifies the accuracy of some points of Robert Crais’ excellent novel about a wounded war dog and a wounded cop: “Suspect”

Suffer recommended Crais as an author, and while in this book at least there is a good deal of profane language, it is an extremely well-written novel.

Would you like to train a bomb-sniffing dog? Instructors are badly needed! But one of the instructor-instructors warns, “It’s always easier to train a dog than it is to train a human.” Brief text and video,

It would be interesting to know the reasoning behind this seemingly stupid decision

Humans can muck up anything

A quote from awesome WW2-era dog trainer Richard Koehler on dog “trainers” who used cattle prods on their dogs applies here perfectly: “Decorum prevents me from saying what I would like to do with those cattle prods, but surely I may say I would like the current turned on when I did it.” Me too, sir. You don’t just farm out a war dog to anyone. It’s cruel and dangerous.

Here’s another person with a fantastic amount of information gained from … well, let her tell it:

” ‘You’ve gotten unprecedented access to U.S. military dogs. How did this come about?‘ … ‘I got lucky because of the people I met. One of the first was Chris Jakubin, who was the kennel master at the U.S. Air Force Academy, in Colorado. I talked to him about potentially doing a bigger story and asked if I could come and hang out at the kennels with him sometime … He agreed, and I spent a week. But it wasn’t just me hanging out. Chris planned my days, from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Chris is very connected in the dog community, because he’s been doing it a long, long time. He introduced me to everyone, and because of his great reputation, his introduction gave me a foot up. I was able to shed the public affairs officers and kind of cut the line. Instead of being a reporter, I was able to just be someone able to hang out with the handlers.’ ”

As a friend of ours would say, “Woof!”See you at the kennel, friends!

A couple of organizations worth linking:

Warrior Dog Foundation

US War Dogs 

To all our troops, have a safe and blessed RED Friday and every day!

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