Max the dog

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  1. NorwichDad

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    Saw the movie over the weekend. A nice movie maybe geared for later primary and early high school. Was glad I saw it. I talked to my son about it. I never thought about the dogs getting PTSD but it made sense. He said the Army dogs were amazing. You always wanted one when you left the wire in Afghanistan. They found everything. One particular dog he knew had a very large bounty put on it by the Taliban. The interesting thing that he said that all the billions they put into defeating the IEDs that the dogs remain the best technology. The dogs are trained just like they were 100 years ago. I guess it is one of those things like curing the common cold.
     
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    Agree with your assessment of the movie. Glad I saw it at senior ticket prices. I recommend it but it might be better to wait to rent the DVD. Got teary eyed at a couple spots. The acting was a little stilted but Max was the best actor... maybe because all his lines were just "Woof Woof" :)
     
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    Those dogs are amazing. Alot my friends have adopted these dogs over the years. The dog program was actually in our division in the USMC when I worked back in DC. I was always jealous, I built boring stuff and they worked with dogs! Their jobs were so much better.
     
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    I am glad to hear the dogs are adopted. That does sound like a great job. My son said the dogs and their handlers are sought after by most units.

    The local police hire quite a few handlers. Each day I pass through a few very large train stations. There are always a couple of police dogs and their handlers these days.
     
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    My husband always says "when you need a job done the right way, call for the dogs." A 3-legged dog just found traces of human remains in the Kristin Modaferri case after 18 years, dogs were busy hunting for the escaped convicts, and law enforcement couldn't get along without them. Of course, we live with a brilliant working dog so we're a little partial!:thumb:
     
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    Another good book is War Dogs by Rebecca Frankel. She spent a lot of time interviewing the Kennel Master at USAFA in Colorado, which is home to a large dog handling unit.

    One of the interesting points she makes is military dogs have always been very effective, but the programs are always cut at the conclusion of war. Then the knowledge is lost, and essentially has to relearned with each new conflict. The first dogs weren't put into Iraq and Afghanistan until 2004. And then the demand for them exploded. Now, with the drawdown and budget cuts, the programs are again being slashed.
     

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