Have you come across articles and stories about these amazing dogs whose loyalty and obedience to their handlers and country are unquestionable? To see photos of these animals in training and in the war zones makes me think of my lovable Golden Retriever Jack who has a great love for comfort and fresh food.
These dogs had been serving alongside the US soldiers for more than 100 years and had seen action in the Civil War and World War 1. Only in 1942 were these dogs formally deployed in the US Army.
Equipped with the latest gear for protection, these dogs will always rise up to the occasion they are called for.
“The K9 catalogue boasts an array of high-tech canine devices, from storm lights to long lines and leads to an assortment of vests — assault, aerial insertion, and patrol-SWAT — which are rated from “excellent” to “good” in protecting the animal from harm due to everything from bullets to ice picks.”
I never knew there’s even a K9 catalogue!
Infrared nightsight cameras and an ‘intruder communication system’ able to penetrate concrete walls are included in their gear.
In a British article it says: “U.S. Naval Special Warfare Group had “awarded an $86,000 contract to Canadian firm K9 Storm Inc. for the supply of ‘Canine Tactical Assault Vests’ for wear by SEAL dogs.”
For both humans and dogs, war is ugly.We’ve come to a point where man’s best friend had to put in his own share of patriotism for the country. These dogs are more than war machines.
They represent home.
They are a lifeline of emotional support for these soldiers who are so far away from their families and friends.
They are the ties that remind you of people back home who loves you…and a normalcy that can never be as long as the sounds of guns can be heard.
I dream of a world where young men and women stay home with their loved ones and pets…safe in their homes, doing things they love and not fighting wars that they can never win.
- Dogs of War- Our Canine Soldiers (doggies.com)
- K9 Catalogue
- War Dog Wednesdays: Changing Course (alisonlaurence.wordpress.com)
- War Dog Wednesdays: An Introduction (alisonlaurence.wordpress.com)
- Meet Cairo: The Dog That Cornered Osama Bin Laden (alternativenewsreport.net)
- War Dogs of Guam (atwar.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Don’t Forget to Remember Our Nation’s K9 Veterans (iowadogtrust.wordpress.com)
- New book documents `Fido’s’ work on the front lines of WWII ()
- Healing soldiers, one dog at a time (dailynightly.msnbc.msn.com)
- Adopted War Dogs Are the Cutest War Dogs [Watch This] (gizmodo.com)
- War Dogs on Military Channel
- Tail Talk
- Sergeant Gander – A Canadian War Dog Hero
- War Dogs – PTSD Affects our beloved K9 Heroes