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Mon, May 31 | By Zootoo Pet News Staff | 32

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.<… more ›

Canine Heroes: A Salute to Military Working Dogs
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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.
4 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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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

my salute to all of them. and my thanks

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Tessa
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Tessa
4 years ago

it's unanimous they should have the honor of having benefits and vet care in their retirement. Bless those families for providing them a loving retirement in home filled with love.

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Diane H.
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Diane H.
4 years ago

I think they should get veteran benefits too.

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Denise L.
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Denise L.
4 years ago

It's about time that these wonderful dogs are getting the recognition they deserve!

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Stephanie
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Stephanie
4 years ago

These dogs are very important, and very appreciated!

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Jillian
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Jillian
4 years ago

i worry about dogs used in war or police work. they shouldn't be exposed to certain dangers. it just seems irresponsible as a pet owner despite the circumstances. isn't part of our job to keep them safe and out of harms way?

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Jillian
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Jillian
4 years ago

i salute you, working dogs of america.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

i agree remember the dogs from 911 they were all getting depressed finding only bodies. but they can do jobs we can't

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Jillian
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Jillian
4 years ago

but that's no reason to exploit their heightened senses. they should be lounging on someones couch watching bad tv and living the life of luxury, not hunting out bodies through thickets of dust, debris, and toxins.

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Bowne
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Bowne
4 years ago

Thanks for honoring these dogs. They have saved so many lives. They deserve to be recognized.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

these dogs should be honored the same as the soldiers. they would understand

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Kris
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Kris
4 years ago

You are so right. They definitely should be recognized.

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Ches21
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Ches21
4 years ago

I know they still use dogs in war but why do they no longer use horses and messenger pigeon's. Also why can't they adopt shelter dogs for this purpose instead of buying puppies every time they need dogs to put in the war all dogs can be trained to do anything you want them to at any age it just requires time and paitence and I would imagine that it would take longer to train a puppy than it would take to train a full grown dog. And these dogs would get a second chance that way and also the breed of the dog should not matter any dog can be trained to help out in the military. That would give homes to alot of labs and alot of pittbulls as well that are at the humane socitey looking at a dead end instead of a new lease on life. These dogs would love this wonderful second chance.

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Jillian
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Jillian
4 years ago

horses and messenger pigeons have been outdated, thus ruling out any need for them. the reason why they use puppies instead of adults is to exact the training process. starting young molds them into the dogs they are. though i do think they should put rescue dogs to the test, perhaps for some less demanding tasks?

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Denise L.
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Denise L.
4 years ago

I think carrier/messenger pigeons are actually extinct.

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Momba
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Momba
4 years ago

I agree with you that in certain cases shelter dogs could be used. There are plenty of puppies in shelters that could be raised and trained to help in the military as well as the police forces.

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Judy M.
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Judy M.
4 years ago

As a veteran, I was really glad to see this article. A couple of other sites people may be interested in is Operation Baghdad Pups & U. S. War Dogs Association.

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Kris
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Kris
4 years ago

Thank you for sharing these sites and especially for your service to our country!

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Momba
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Momba
4 years ago

Thank you for serving our country. There were also some good shows on the Animal Planet concerning the dogs in Iraq.

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
4 years ago

Yes, indeed--These are hero dogs who deserve recognition!

Although it is good that there is a "long waiting list of potential adoptive families", I wish there were a similar list for ALL homeless dogs in shelters!!!

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

thank you z2 for showing respect to our military dogs. they deserve all the respect that there is

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
4 years ago

Yepper--gotta agree!

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