Military Working Dogs

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  1. HMQ

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    LOVE dogs!
    Thanks for posting the articles :thumb:
    Love that the dogs are adopted out and never euthanized.
    Wish I could adopt one, but the zoo is full with 3 dogs (and 5 cats) already. :rolleyes:

    Here is one of my very favorite organizations that combines my interest in the military and dogs.
    Read the story under the 'History' tab.
    http://www.thepuppyrescuemission.org

    It's amazing how our canine friends can be of such benefit to our soldiers, whether they are working dogs or homeless Afghan dogs. :thumb::thumb:
     
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    When we used to put our MWDs on aircraft, they'd wear protective eyewear called Doggles. I always chuckled.
     
  4. HMQ

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    So true - these dogs, working or rescued, have such great value to the morale of our troops. I work for a healthcare system which has successful pet therapy programs in our hospitals and nursing home to help ease patient stress. And I believe there are programs (don't know if they are DOD) for hooking up returning wounded troops and veterans with assistive and therapy dogs.
     
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    Absolutely. That is SO evident when you read these stories from the Puppy Rescue Mission. These animals give so much joy to the soldiers - and protection too.

    We have a therapy program here like that where dogs are trained to visit the hospitals and nursing homes. Good stuff.

    Love this idea!
    Does anyone know of a program that does this?
    If so, please post the contact info or send me a PM.
    I would love to get more info.
     
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    I had a chance to get in on a demo for a working dog. I put on the bite suit, and had the dog latch on. Those dogs hit with a lot of momentum at full sprint! It caught me mid-stride. A 40-50lb weight, traveling three times as fast as me, suddenly on my arm was enough to take me to the ground (rather unexpectedly!) :redface:

    They are impressive animals.
     

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