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Old 05-05-2011   #1
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Article on dogs in military

A dog was on the Bin Laden raid. I read the following about dogs in the military:
There are 600 dogs serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, and that number is expected to grow substantially over the next year. Particularly popular with the troops are the growing number of Labrador retrievers who wander off-leash 100 yards or more in front of patrols to ensure the safety of the route.

“Dogs are very good at detecting people inside of a building,” [duh]

Last year, the Seals bought four waterproof tactical vests for their dogs that featured infrared and night-vision cameras so that handlers — holding a three-inch monitor from as far as 1,000 yards away — could immediately see what the dogs were seeing. The vests, which come in coyote tan and camouflage, let handlers communicate with the dogs with a speaker, and the four together cost more than $86,000. Navy Seal teams have trained to parachute from great heights and deploy out of helicopters with dogs.

The most common dogs are the German shepherd and the Belgian Malinois, which “have the best overall combination of keen sense of smell, endurance, speed, strength, courage, intelligence and adaptability to almost any climatic condition”.
For those of us who knows dogs, it's not surprising what dogs can do.

I feel kind of bad for the dogs who get hurt--they didn't sign up for this. But, I bet the dogs go on some cool walks and get a lot of love.

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Old 05-08-2011   #2
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That's so cool. I have mixed thoughts too....yeah, the dogs didn't sign up for the duty, but given the alternative (an American soldier's life, with upwards of $1M or more invested in his training), I'd take that tradeoff in a heartbeat. I can also imagine that when those dogs are on a base for a week with a thousand other soldiers, they get more attention & love than most dogs get in a year.

Can you imagine how fucking terrifying it would be to see four German Shepards in tactical vests coming at you in the middle of the night?

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Old 05-12-2011   #3
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Here are some pictures.

More at : War Dog - An FP Photo Essay By Rebecca Frankel | Foreign Policy
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I have been following this as well and I have seen some interesting articles, here is another one:


"SEAL dogs are outfitted with fearsome titanium chompers - at a cost of about $2,000 a tooth - which the Navy has done for years, he added. In addition to the sheer fear factor, their enhanced bite can pierce an enemy's body armor."

Most of those dogs live to work, literally, and are doing what they want working with their handlers.
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Old 05-18-2011   #5
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One cool dog:

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