Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Dogs In the Line of Duty

Did you see the article in the Times today—A Bin Laden Hunter on Four Legs—about the four-legged member of the now-famous Navy Seal team? It highlights several of the ways that canines, typically German shepherds, Belgian Malinois, and Labrador Retrievers, are being used by the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan. The dogs' jobs entail parachuting from airplanes, sniffing out bombs, tracking scents, chasing down people on foot, and being an aversion because of cultural beliefs about dogs. It's just fascinating. Of course, I have to wonder just how many are injured or killed alongside the brave men and women who serve our country. For more information, visit the Department of Defense's website, Military Working Dogs.

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