Canine Heroes: A Salute to Military Working Dogs

May 31, 2010 | By Zootoo Pet News Staff | Category: Heroes | 32 comments
Tags: heroes, dogs, working animals

U.S. Air Force military working dog Torca, with the 78th Security Forces Squadron, takes a break at Checkpoint 4, near Dabaray, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Francisco V. Govea II)

Since World War I, military working dogs have played a crucial role in protecting our nation’s armed forces. Today, these four-legged heroes continue to perform vital duties, from explosive and drug detection to deterrence and handler protection.

After their service, these dogs enjoy retirement in a loving forever home, chosen through a rigorous screening process from a long waiting list of potential adoptive families.

The beloved military working dogs, both past and present, have saved the lives of tens of thousands of servicemen and women, and Zootoo is honored to salute them on this Memorial Day.

Check out our full photo gallery of military working dogs by clicking here.

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Nancy C.
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Nancy C.
3 years ago

This just proves again that dog is "man's best friend". The human-animal bond is quite a powerful force. Not many humans would run into gunfire...but a dog who loves humans doesn't think twice. I'm honored they serve us so unconditionally.

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alice m.
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alice m.
3 years ago

Those dogs and their handlers develop a special bond. Be sure to note the dogs are official members of the military. In Afghanistan the military only recognizes the official dogs they have trained. There is a myriad of strays there that the soldiers and marines befriend against military policy. Please go to facebook and look up the puppy rescue mission. The story and explanation is much better than I could ever convey.

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