In the US it’s Veteran’s Day Weekend. In Canada, it’s Remembrance Day Weekend. Most of us have some tie that makes us reflect, if even for a moment.
We all know “working dogs” truly love a perfectly executed assignment if only to see a smile on their master. It’s rewarding for them.
We brought you a great video from Military.com about soldiers befriending dogs overseas. Now here’s a special look at the dogs who are working side by side, and actual members of our armed forces.
These are “the Dogs of War”. What I find truly inspiring are the bonds between human and canine evident in these photos from Lisa’s new book.
Contrary to what some make think, these dogs are not being put in the line of fire before a human being. They are trained, loved and work in tandem with their human partners, super-ceding challenges we (humans) couldn’t do alone.
In harms way, yes. Loving their job, yes. Serving their respective countries, yes. Loving every minute, looks like it to me!
I don’t see one soldier that wouldn’t jump in the line of fire for these four-legged soldiers any less than they would a fellow human comrade. These are amazing animals.
I have trouble getting my dog into my car without throwing up. These dogs can’t wait to jump out of an airplane! It’s great to know how well they are treated, loved and bond with their military partners. Everyone should be as excited to go to work everyday.
From author Lisa Rogak:
“The Dogs of War reveals the amazing range of jobs that our four-legged soldiers now perform, examines the dogs’ training and equipment, and sets the record straight on those rumors of titanium teeth.
You’ll find heartwarming stories of the deep bond that dogs and their handlers share with each other, and learn how soldiers and civilians can help the cause by fostering puppies or adopting retirees.”
or http://search.barnesandnoble.com/The-Dogs-of-War/Lisa-Rogak/e/9781250009463 And many other stores.
With so many stories of dogs being put to death because they’re strays or left to repercussions of a bad care-giver, I find it rejuvenating to know there are dogs helping special needs people, helping farmers with cattle, and even helping protect our nations.
And more, they get to wear the tech-iest gear to aid and protect them. Besides their handlers care, our government spends $20,000 to $30,000 for each dog’s armour and equipment. (see this article from Fastcompany).