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Are military dogs just ´equipment´?
American Thinker, by Elise Cooper

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Posted By:magnante, 3/14/2013 5:36:00 PM

There is a famous saying among dog handlers: emotions run down-leash. Just as with a soldier, combat can affect a military dog. Canine Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, as it was named in 2010, identifies military dogs showing signs of hyper-vigilance and hyper-responsiveness to noises and other environmental stimulants. American Thinker interviewed experts on this subject, including the renowned Dr. Walter F. Burghardt, Jr., a retired colonel, DVM, Ph.D., and DACVB.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: youngtexan, 3/14/2013 5:38:00 PM     (No. 9225402)

They´re family.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: lil dotty, 3/14/2013 5:49:14 PM     (No. 9225418)

What does it say about a military or politicians who call a hard working, loyal, life saving dog ´just a piece of equipment´? Do we nod, close our eyes and await their call to do the same to our brave men/women in uniform. One equals the other in my eyes and this country is blessed to have both standing their ground to protect US. War is hell, and both suffer in their own ways.

If there are no dogs in Heaven, then it is not Heaven.


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Reply 3 - Posted by: Edgelady, 3/14/2013 6:00:00 PM     (No. 9225428)

Handlers and their dogs "connect" - it would be impossible to do their jobs if they did not connect.

I think there are a lot of people who are so connected in their hearts that it hurts, and they rationalize it, or intellectualize it so as not to feel pain if something happens to their dog. Of course then there are politicians ... many who often have no heart, anyway.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 3/14/2013 6:15:31 PM     (No. 9225454)

In Viet Nam, I watched men break down and cry like children- absolutely immobilized with grief over the loss of a dog- some handlers had to be shipped out. You can not imagine the devotion these animals have to their jobs and their handlers and the connection the handlers have with them. Yet, at the end of a tour, instead of handler and dog going home, they euthanize the dog and ship the handler out- the emotional stress is just impossible to describe.

I read a rare book on Army mules- and wish I had not. The insane cruelty the Army put those animals through was incredible. In one case, they needed the mules on shore but had no landing doc, so the idiots on the ship forced the mules to jump out a side port in the hull and expected them to swim to shore- the animals, half crazed with fear and unfamiliarity with salt water, swam out to sea instead, afraid of the whooping troops on the shore- all 900 animals drowned! They were beaten, starved, used to clear mine fields, saddled incorrectly so their loads dug huge wounds into their flesh, and even led through repeated danger zones, to use up enemy ammunition! One valley in Italy was nearly filled with dead mules for the carnage! It´s just sickening- and I´m no PETA nut- but, this kind of cruelty to any animals we use to help preserve human life is just beyond me. They deserve better!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: pineledger, 3/14/2013 6:57:30 PM     (No. 9225499)

Unless you have experienced a dog´s devotion, you won´t understand this at all. Equipment, my butt.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 3/14/2013 7:15:53 PM     (No. 9225525)

author Robert Crais from his latest best-selling novel, Suspect.

I just finished this book. If you´re a dog and/or mystery lover, read this. It´s absolutely wonderful...

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Reply 7 - Posted by: god of irony, 3/14/2013 10:57:47 PM     (No. 9225777)

They are NCO´s that outrank their handlers.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Texan1stCavDad, 3/15/2013 12:20:32 AM     (No. 9225852)

Thanks all Posters. As usual our L-dotters know of whence they speak. There will be more of you to follow and we shall read your postings with respect and anticipation.

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