In observance of Memorial Day this year, we’d like to give recognition to the War Dogs of the United States. Military working dogs (MWDs) serve in extreme conditions, endure intense training, and work through combat situations of all kinds. These dogs save countless lives by sniffing out bombs and IEDS, finding wounded soldiers and civilians, and acting as sentries at military encampments. War dogs are given medals of valor just like human solidiers. Some dogs even suffer from the same post-traumatic-stress that human soldiers experience. We want to express how much we love and appreciate these amazing animals.
No matter whether you are pro-war or pro-War Dog or not, it is undeniable that these dogs are deserving of praise, recognition, care, and love. They didn’t sign up for their tour of duty, but they completely dedicate themselves to their tasks and to their human companions. These pups are unsung heroes.
ADOPT A VET !
Thanks to Robby’s Law, passed in 2000 by President Clinton, the U.S. government is required to place all retired and discharged adoptable MWDs in caring homes. Before this law was passed, retired MWDs were often euthanized, as they were considered unfit for adoption and simply “obsolete equipment” by the government. Not anymore! Robby’s Law changed all that. These pups deserve a wonderful life after all the service they give to the country, and they will get it from now on. If you are interested in adopting an MWD, visit this site: saveavet.org. There you can find info on adopting retired MWDs, as well as other ways to help.
We love you, you strong, incredible doggies ! Thank you for everything you do.
Check out these cool links on War Dogs:
Video of an adopted retired MWD who discovers a kitten for the first time – the cuteness is almost unbearable:
(WWII photos from the private collection of Dr. Suehiro
Dog in Afghanistan photo from Spc. Cheryl Ransford/Wikipedia
Solider and Dog visiting UT Memorial from imgfave.com/Falconwing
War Dog parachute jump photo: U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Vince Vander Maarel)