Dogs of War

Up to 70 bomb-sniffing dogs are now on operation in southern Afghanistan.

For the US Marines patrolling the dusty footpaths of southern Afghanistan, a bomb-sniffing black Labrador can mean the difference between life and death.
Dogs of war’ saving lives in Afghanistan

These “dogs of war” have saved countless lives and their record for finding hidden explosives has won them a loyal following.

Trained to detect five kinds of threat, from military grade C-4 plastic explosive to common chemicals used by the Taliban to make improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the dogs play a vital role alongside their human comrades.

They begin training when they are puppies, and by the time they reach two and half years old, are ready to be deployed.

The dogs also provide an emotional crutch for young Marines facing death every day. They crowd around the dogs and play with them inside the camp. There are frequent questions about adopting them after the Labradors end their tour.

Dogs have been serving us for decades sweet friends.

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.

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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”…

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Ah..Woof Woof…… The unsung heroes of war.

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“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”
Roger Caras

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“If it wasn’t for dogs, some people would never go for a walk.”

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“Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job.”
Franklin P. Jones

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“If your dog doesn’t like someone, you probably shouldn’t either”.doglickani

I’ll second that emotion~!..Heh.

What say Y’all sweet friends? Favorite dog story to share?

17 Responses to “Dogs of War”

  1. LomaAlta says:

    Nice post Angle. Yes, dogs are really man’s best friend. I have had a dog almost all my life. They are incredible animals with senses we do not understand.

  2. Nickie Goomba says:

    “Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job.”
    Franklin P. Jones

    What a beautiful quote.

  3. Always On Watch says:

    Heart-warming post.

    Nothing warms the heart like a dog!

  4. MK says:

    Our Aussie troops also have dogs helping us out there, even lost one or two. They really are a Godsend those four-legged buggers. :)

  5. Proof says:

    Great post!

  6. Debbie says:

    Great pictures and article Angel. Dog are so smart and so faithful. They can be trained to help humanity in so many ways. Many times they don’t get treated as well as they should in return. But our military treat them as fellow soldiers.

  7. Brooke says:

    Dogs are so wonderful! They live to please us. No wonder Islamists hate them!

    It’s good they no longer put these military canines down when their service is complete.

  8. dons_mind says:

    dogs – in general – are great! we’ve always had one (occasionally two!). but military-trained dogs are spectacular! the security det here at the base have been known to run some demonstrations and ‘show off’ their dogs for the soldiers families as well as for the school kids now and then….i always stop to watch when they’re out.

  9. Paul Champagne says:

    My son-in-law served a couple tours in Iraq as an Army Canine MP. He told me the Iraqiis are scared to death of the dogs.

  10. Bunni says:

    Ahhhhh, that just warms my heart, Angel, in this horrid freezing weather!
    The dogs are true hero’s, they keep our men and women safe, and also happy.
    God Bless the doggies and their caretakers, I also hope the poochies pee on the mooselimbs, those horrid bums, they don’t deserve to pick up after our four legged friends!

  11. Holger Awakens says:

    The Iraqis are finding out just how valuable these dogs have been in the fight against al Qaeda – the U.S. troops used these dogs to check the undersides of vehicles coming in and out of sensitive areas – a favorite ploy of the terrorists is to attach the bomb to the vehicle underneath and the bomb sniffing dogs would promptly find them – it was so effective that the jihadis flat out quit trying to do it. Well, with the dogs gone, considering the muslims’ disdain for the four-legged creatures, the bombs are being planted on vehicles again and we are seeing the effects on Baghdad.

  12. Karen Howes says:

    Dogs are just wonderful… they have been man’s best friend for thousands of years. God bless our furbabies.

  13. Christopher says:

    Great tribute to mans best friend! I am a huge fan of dogs especially the 2 who grace my home with their presence as we speak.

    The human type I have no use for – example; congress.

  14. C-Christian Soldier says:

    :-) (-:
    C-CS

  15. KarL M says:

    I have said it many times….hold a DOG in front of a mirror and you get GOD.. note: DOG/GOD…
    this definitely not a coincidence…man best friend ,for a reason..

  16. Krystal says:

    I love seeing dogs in service. They’re amazing animals. We depend on our outside dogs to protect the chickens and ducks from the coyotes.

    The dogs we had a few years ago use to take up sential posts and call out the “all’s well” to each other periodically. When I had to run down to the barn at 10:30 pm while my husband was gone, they went with me. On stayed near me, the other two took posts of protection so nothing could sneak up. We never had to teach them how to do this. It’s all natural instincts. Truly amazing creatures!

    Smarter than some people I know…

  17. The Rattler says:

    Awesome story. Linked it to my site… with credit given. God Bless!