Soldier Dogs – Military Dogs are True Heroes

Soldier dogs are unsung heroes in the war against terror

Most people are not aware of the vital role that military dogs play in assisting our war time effort against terror.  But soldier dogs go back many years and were used prior to the United States military needs. 

Most military dogs are used to detect explosives in the form of bombs and mines.  Since their sense of smell is far greater than a human’s, they have saved thousands of soldier’s lives.

I will never forget the picture of the soldier dog lying on the floor next to his human companion’s casket at his funeral a few months ago.  How moving and how sad!!

The highly rated blog, Dogster.com, posted an article by Maria Goodavage entitled, “10 Things You Might Not Know About Soldier Dogs.”  I strongly recommend Dogster.com and the powerful articles that Ms. Goodavage writes.

Here is a quote from the article:

Until the now-infamous Navy SEAL Team Six raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound last year, most people had no idea that dogs are a vital part of the military. But these four-legged heroes have saved tens of thousands of lives since World War II, when the U.S. embarked on its military working dog program.

I grew up steeped in the importance of war dogs thanks to my dad, who was a very young soldier back then. He told me about the bonds the handlers had with their dogs, and how the dogs – as important as they were on missions – were just as essential for the morale of troops. His stories struck a chord with me, and I was thrilled years later when I got a chance to write a book about brave, loyal, amazing dogs and their devoted handlers.

My book, Soldier Dogs: The Untold Story of America’s Canine Heroes, was published two weeks ago, and I’m excited that after all the hard work and boots-on-the-ground reporting the book entailed, people are really starting to take notice of these incredible dogs and their handlers. The book has received a lot of attention, including a great review in the forthcoming April 9 edition of People magazine, and a fun stint for me on The Daily Show.

The entire article can be read here.  I encourage you to read the complete article.  As the quote above states, Ms. Goodavage has written a book that tells many moving stories regarding military dogs.  I highly recommend the book.

Have you had any experience with soldier dogs?  Please leave comments on any stories you can tell.

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