WaR DogS get MedalS..Wo0p!

They have often been the unsung heroes of war.

But yesterday the animals which have put their lives on the line for the sake of thousands of servicemen and women, as well as civilians, were given official recognition.

In a unique ceremony, military honours were given to the 62 animals which have received the PDSA Dickin Medal – the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross.

Recipients – including pigeons, dogs, horses and one cat ..

The cats and dogs of war get their own VCs at special awards ceremony

Cocker spaniel Jake was sent into the wreckage of the Tavistock Square bus after the July 7 bombings in 2005 to ensure there were no more bombs inside.

And labrador Endal was honoured for saving the life of his owner Allen Parton in 2001. Mr Parton, who uses a wheelchair, was knocked unconscious in a car park.

Endal moved him into the recovery position and covered him with a blanket from his wheelchair, refusing to leave his side until he had regained consciousness.

Yes! We should follow suit.
Many of us are familiar with guide dogs, search-and-rescue dogs, and even bomb- or drug-sniffing dogs.

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In just the police department alone, police dogs are used to track criminals, sniff out illegal materials, search buildings, and simply to do the jobs we humans can’t do nearly as well!

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Believe it or not, many police dogs have even been fitted with bulletproof vests.

Thousands of police dogs work for us daily but perhaps you don’t know that hundreds of police dogs have even given their lives “to protect and serve”………us.

Then…………..there are our War Dogs.

The Army Quartermaster Corps began the U.S. Armed Forces first war dog training during WWII. By 1945 they had trained almost 10,000 war dogs for the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.

Fifteen War Dog platoons served overseas in World War II. Seven saw service in Europe and eight in the Pacific. In 1951 the responsibility for training military dogs was given to the Military Police Corps. Dogs continued to serve the armed forces with distinction in Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Afghanistan and Iraq and many recent contingency operations.

War Dogs

Merely baring their teeth, they can cow a crowd. Commanded to strike, they can easily flatten a big man with one leap, flying like a 50-pound sand bag tossed from a truck.

Smart and strong Malinois and shepherds predominate, but other breeds are trained too. Even small dogs, like beagles or poodles, are occasionally taught to detect explosives in submarines and other close quarters.

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Soldiers find loyal comrades in war dogs
Military canines provide protection, love during and after service

Regardless of the dangers, the dogs are fearless. For them, checking a road for bombs means a fun walk, their handlers say. “They like what they do”…

Bring on the medals baby!

Here my sweet friends is my doggie Ashley, that I posted bout
Here……
whom we lost a little over a year ago………Miss her every day……..

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57 Responses to “WaR DogS get MedalS..Wo0p!”

  1. Dumb Ox says:

    Totally cool!

  2. The World According To Carl says:

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  3. LomaAlta says:

    Nice post Angel.

    Ex Bush Administration Surgeon General, Dr Carmona tells a story about being in Washington, DC that is appropriate for your post. He said something like if you want a friend in Washington, bring your dog with you.

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  6. Rosemary says:

    Dear Angel,

    I’m so sorry to hear about your best friend. I’ve never gotten over mine, and we’ve had dogs since I was born. It gets easier–sort of–sometimes–I pray she will come home for your ChristMass present.

  7. pela68 says:

    But what about the cat?

    I really hope it was Schrodingers cat that got awarded! Poor thing…

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  9. American Interests says:

    Love ‘em, unsung heroes in some ways…great posting…

    Also, went back in time and read your “MissinG HeR” post; hope the passage of time has helped…sorry to hear…

  10. Aurora says:

    Nice post, Angel. It’s amazing how well they can train these dogs. Great story how Endal stayed by his/her disabled master and looked after him.

  11. middleclassguy says:

    I just brought a dog into my home. Even though he is a little nutsy yet, he is a joy and pleasure to have. He is a real pal. There is something special about dogs. They are loyal, loving, and true companions. They ask little in return; a bowl of food, water, a few treats a day and some attention.

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  14. Joe Gringo says:

    Would never have known had I not read this here!

    Dogs of War! Have a great weekend!

  15. cube says:

    Loved the post. Gorgeous shepherds. Kept my eyes dry until I got to the part about Ashley. I know how hard it is to let go of a beloved pet. They are with us for such a short time.

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  19. MariesTwoCents says:

    I remember the recovery/rescue dogs getting medals after the Oklahoma City Bombing. After thier feet healed up.

    They had a big Ceremony and everything.

    And those dogs deserve it :-)

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  22. heidianne jackson says:

    great post, angel – they truly are heroes.

    over the years we’ve lost a few dogs – mostly to old age, but one to a gun of our former next-door-neighbor. seems he liked to shoot the squirrels as they ran across the fenceline separating our properties and lacy (our st. bernard) happened to be outside at the time – the bullet obliterated the squirrel and killed her. the hardest part was calling my daughter (it was “her” dog) who had left for college less than two weeks earlier and telling her. she was so angry, but time does heal all wounds. i haven’t thought about lacy in almost thow years – thanks for the reminder.

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  25. Incognito says:

    How cool is that. These dogs are amazing. I have an actor friend who is blind and his guide dog is wonderful.

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  31. Paul Champagne says:

    A shout out to a war dog named Enni … she lost her tail during her most recent deployment to Iraq (Slamming Hummer doors and tails don’t mix). Enni is currently on a plane from Baghdad to Germany and will be back home at Ft Lewis, Wa on Sunday. Returning with her will be my son-in-law, Sgt Mathew Kinniery, her handler. Thanks to both of them for serving our country.

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  37. MK says:

    Yeah what about the cat? Good on ya Angel, yeah medals are all well and good, i hope there are thick steaks for them too. :grin:

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  42. tapline says:

    What an outstanding subject. Angel you outdid youself. This is great………I think most of us can relate to a dog…”man’s best friend”. Mine is about 1 foot tall and 1 1/2 feet tall. a black fluffy ball……but part of the family. when the kids go the dog takes over…..stay well…..

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  45. Always On Watch says:

    Angel,
    As you saw at my blog, our ancient cat Sheba is quite ill–bladder cancer. We’re hoping to have this one last Christmas with her.

    Losing a pet is a terrible sorrow. We’re never ready for that loss.

    I know that you miss Ashley. At Christmas, I especially miss my beloved pets who have gone on before me.

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    I think Charles Schultz said it best when he opined, “Happiness isa warm puppy.”

    Dogs are the most loyal, loving, useful, and plain fun of all our domesticated animals. That Muzzies find them “unclean” says a lot about Muzzies and nothing about the beloved dog.

    God Bless the War Dogs!

  48. tapline says:

    WHT, Well, my last wasn’t that earth shattering…I have a Pomchi and it seems to edge itself into the family. I know it is an animal, but it is part of the family. When the kids leave there seems to be a spot for love to expand. An excellent post….stay well….

  49. Yankee Doodle says:

    I like the bomb- and contraband-sniffing beagles, myself.

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  54. Dwana says:

    Unleash the dogs of war!! Hooah!!

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