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Posts Tagged war dogs
The US War Dog Association is dedicated to recognizing the role of war dogs and their handlers in the military.
By Rebecca Frankel
“There’s a reason why you can’t sneak up on SPC Jeffrey Michaud — and that reason is Black, a trained explosives detection dog. Michaud and Black are stationed at FOB Warhorse in Baqubah, Iraq, where the pair has been serving since February.
Black, a nine-year-old black and tan German shepherd, is currently on his fourth deployment. This is his second tour in Iraq and he’s already done two stints in Afghanistan. But nine is not too old for a patrol dog. “It’s up there, but the dog will work ’til he can’t work anymore,” Michaud, who’s been a handler for two years, told me on the phone from Iraq last week. “Other dogs are 13 years old and still going strong.”
Black happens to be very good at his job.”
From: Global Animal
… Like the fictional 007, the mysterious agent came in the dead of night, helped take out the world’s most notorious terrorist, and then melted back into the shadows alongside 79 two-footed comrades in arms.
In keeping with the rest of the SEAL Team Six that killed Osama bin Laden, the dog who reportedly accompanied the Seals on the mission remains shrouded in mystery, and surrounded by speculation.
Though 79 men snuck into Abbottabad, Pakistan, only two dozen of those soldiers slid down the ropes. According to The New York Times, a military working dog (MWD) was one of them, strapped onto an assault team member as he was lowered out of a Black Hawk helicopter.
The military is staying tight-lipped about the maverick dog’s identity, refusing to reveal even breed or gender. If the dog is a female, that would make her the one and only of the ‘fairer sex’ in the SEAL Team Six since the Navy SEALs is a men-only force.
ForeignPolicy.com has a weekly column on working dogs in the military written by Rebecca Frankel. This is a nice photo essay she did on war dogs. It is being reported that a dog was with the team that disposed of Osama bin Laden.
Elite, bulletproof commando canines go to war
By Lewis Page
Latest from the Wars On Stuff: The Register has learned that top-secret, super-elite US Navy SEAL special forces are to deploy heavily armoured bulletproof dogs equipped with infrared nightsight cameras and an “intruder communication system” able to penetrate concrete walls.