Saturday, October 3, 2009


Military working dogs and their handlers relax after a joint IA/US operation to locate weapons caches. Both the German shepherd and his handler were in a vehicle struck by an IED today. Despite having just survived an IED attack, the dog clamored out of the disabled vehicle before any Soldiers, and cleared the area of secondary devices. Although the vehicle was totaled, there were no injuries.

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  1. Everyone likes dogs. Sounds like a well trained and brave one who is not deterred by explosions.

    I once heard that all dogs are promoted to one rank higher than the handler. That way any abuse directed at the dog is an assault on a superior and punishable by courts martial.

  2. That policy is still in place. Most dogs I saw while in outranked me.