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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 10:55 AM
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War Dog-There's a reason they brought one to get Osama bin Laden (PHOTOS!!)
War Dog
There's a reason they brought one to get Osama bin Laden




Dogs have been fighting alongside U.S. soldiers for more than 100 years, seeing combat in the Civil War and World War I. But their service was informal; only in 1942 were canines officially inducted into the U.S. Army. Today, they're a central part of U.S. efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan -- as of early 2010 the U.S. Army had 2,800 active-duty dogs deployed (the largest canine contingent in the world). And these numbers will continue to grow as these dogs become an ever-more-vital military asset.

So it should come as no surprise that among the 79 commandos involved in Operation Neptune Spear that resulted in Osama bin Laden's killing, there was one dog -- the elite of the four-legged variety. And though the dog in question remains an enigma -- another mysterious detail of the still-unfolding narrative of that historic mission -- there should be little reason to speculate about why there was a dog involved: Man's best friend is a pretty fearsome warrior.

Above, a U.S. soldier with the 10th Special Forces Group and his dog leap off the ramp of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during water training over the Gulf of Mexico as part of exercise Emerald Warrior on March 1.



Daredevil dogs: The question of how the dog got into bin Laden's compound is no puzzle -- the same way the special ops team did, by being lowered from an MH-60s helicopter. In fact, U.S. Air Force dogs have been airborne for decades, though the earliest flying dogs accompanied Soviet forces in the 1930s.

Dogs usually jump in tandem with their trainers, but when properly outfitted with flotation vests they can make short jumps into water on their own. A U.S. Navy SEAL, Mike Forsythe, and his dog, Cara -- pictured above -- recently broke the world record for "highest man/dog parachute deployment" by jumping from 30,100 feet.

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In August 2010, The Register, a British online tech publication, reported that "top-secret, super-elite U.S. Navy SEAL special forces are to deploy heavily armoured bulletproof dogs equipped with infrared nightsight cameras and an 'intruder communication system' able to penetrate concrete walls." The article also reported that the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Group had "awarded an $86,000 contract to Canadian firm K9 Storm Inc. for the supply of 'Canine Tactical Assault Vests' for wear by SEAL dogs." The K9 catalogue boasts an array of high-tech canine devices, from storm lights to long lines and leads to an assortment of vests -- assault, aerial insertion, and patrol-SWAT -- which are rated from "excellent" to "good" in protecting the animal from harm due to everything from bullets to ice picks.





A canine surge: Over the last two years, there has been an effort to rapidly increase the number IED detection dogs in Afghanistan and Iraq. Currently, the Marine Corps has 170 bomb-sniffing dogs, but has plans to deploy as many as 600 dogs to their program before September 2012. In late 2010 the Marines have also awarded a contract to American K-9 Interdiction for "as much as $35 million" to train and kennel their dogs.

In February, Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos stated that he'd like to see "a dog with every patrol."

Above, U.S. Marines attached to 1st Battalion, 6th regiment, Charlie Company relax with their bomb-sniffing dogs Books and Good one in Huskers camp on the outskirts of Marjah in central Helmand on Jan. 25, 2010.

more at

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/05/04/war_dog
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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 10:57 AM
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1. Expect more puppy-mills. There's all kind of people on FB raving about how they want
war dogs too.

:eyes:
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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:06 AM
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3. Then they need to join the military. What idiots.
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haele Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:27 AM
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8. Yeah, and those are the idiots who don't understand War Dogs need to work.
They think that walking the dog once a day and taking it to the dog park would be enough to keep their oh-so-cool "War Dog" they named Duke Nukem occupied enough that it wouldn't go crazy and start becoming destructive when it decides they're not "alpha" enough to handle it.

A war dog is not a breed or a trait that can be easily bred - it's a service dog that has been trained for a specific job, just as any therapy dog or a professional S&R dog is trained. Heck, a Chihuahua can have the training to be a "war dog", if there's a need for a tiny, fairly agile dog that can be trained to, say, go un-noticed into a location with a camera mounted on it's back.

Haele
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 09:24 AM
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33. I suspect/hope that one can't simply buy a war dog the same way you can't just get a seeing eye dog.
And you can't claim a puppy is a war dog. It's not a dog.
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 10:59 AM
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2. Don't forget the cats...
The U.S. military has long used cats in special operations under the top-secret Covert Anti-Terrorism Stealth (CATS) program. Smarter and stealthier than dogs, cats are also more agile: They can climb trees and leap across buildings to gather intelligence. Studies show they can survive nine times as long as human soldiers.
http://www.slate.com/id/2293232/slideshow/2293228/fs/0//entry/2293227/


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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:12 AM
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5. Gawd, I love that.


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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:35 AM
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9. The cat should be sitting on a keyboard, or walking on a paper that someone is trying to read. n/t
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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:43 AM
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14. Laying on the paper you need is exactly where a cat should be.
Another big one - licking your face in the middle of the night while you are trying to sleep. :)
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 04:36 PM
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37. I can has parakittehs!
But where are their parachutes? Kitteh behind desk want 2 know!
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kas125 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:13 AM
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6. LOL - and they don't need parachutes because they always
land on their feet!
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Guy Whitey Corngood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:36 AM
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10. Taliban Kitty is not gonna like this.
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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 12:24 PM
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17. Taliban Cat
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SharonAnn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:08 PM
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24. OMG! That's great!
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Clio the Leo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:41 PM
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26. lol and here are some REAL ones...
.... who act more like the USO than the CIA ...

http://www.thedailytail.com/nonfiction/marine-soldiers-rescue-cats-in-afghanistan/











.... now decommissioned and living stateside...

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Common Sense Party Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:12 AM
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4. That bottom photo is awesome. n/t
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RaleighNCDUer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:14 AM
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7. I always liked having a war dog
but as I go up in levels, they don't progress, so they always wind up as orc fodder. My gnome illusionist had a war dog that he used as a mount - after about 4th level had to keep it out of combat.
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Shiver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:59 PM
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29. 1st Edition WINNING!
:rofl:
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jberryhill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:37 AM
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11. There is a reason why civilization and dog domestication happened at the same time

Dogs have been an essential component of just about everything people have ever done.
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Scurrilous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:37 AM
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12. K & R
:thumbsup:
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InvisibleTouch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:39 AM
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13. What's less well-known is that military dogs are often in need of basic equipment.
Edited on Fri May-06-11 11:41 AM by InvisibleTouch
In extreme conditions like Iraq, for instance, they need cooling vests and other basic equipment, which isn't provided. It has fallen to private individuals to raise the funds and ship them the vests, goggles, and other protective gear that they need. Check out the following site - they've been active for some years and have done a lot of good:

http://www.supportmilitaryworkingdogs.org/

edit: typo
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Lynx Donating Member (91 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 12:03 PM
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15. As I recall
After 9/11, three was a drive taken up to provide rescue dogs at the Pentagon with protective boots for their paws. Stepping on sharp debris could mean a trip to the vet. Less time at the vet meant more time on the job.
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damntexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 12:13 PM
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16. Dogassus.
Time to outfit them with their own wings. ;-)
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foxtrot Donating Member (20 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 12:28 PM
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18. I wonder if I can get these at Petco for my war Doxie
Edited on Fri May-06-11 12:29 PM by foxtrot


They're called Doggles.
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Patiod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 10:14 AM
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34. My war doxie in his special dinosaur armor:
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AtomicKitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 01:07 PM
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19. I read that some of the dogs' teeth are replaced with titanium teeth at $2,000 a pop.
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glinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 04:16 PM
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20. Hope Obama brought the guys and the dog steaks.
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GiveMeFreedom Donating Member (445 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 04:16 PM
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21. Pic of a Navy SEAL dog
Edited on Fri May-06-11 04:17 PM by GiveMeFreedom


At least I think it's funny. My hat is tipped to those that serve and our canine soldiers.
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vaberella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 09:05 AM
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31. is this for real? n/t
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GiveMeFreedom Donating Member (445 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 04:09 PM
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36. Heck No!
No, somebody made this up. It's just funny I think.
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ChrisBorg Donating Member (411 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-04-11 03:05 PM
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39. You are seriously that clueless?
Edited on Sat Jun-04-11 03:08 PM by ChrisBorg
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lillypaddle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 04:18 PM
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22. How cool are those doggies????
Wow!
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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 10:38 PM
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23. As shown in the last picture and throughout history for that matter;
if dogs did nothing but provide love and companionship they are invaluable in a military setting, but they provide so much more....how many stories have come out through the centuries of a dog saving a troop or a battalion or just any ol' human and visa versa. Dogs and the people who love them are joined at the hip making life oh so much better. The last picture drives that home in spades.
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Clio the Leo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:35 PM
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25. Cant we AT LEAST meet the DOG!!!???
.... I know, I know, if we knew the identity of the dog, we'd know who his master was ... still.

I hadn't thought about how they got the dog IN to the compound .... wow.
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donheld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:51 PM
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27. If it's a gay dog, is it drummed out of the military?
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vaberella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 09:08 AM
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32. Huh...dunno. But homosexuality in animal species is considered rare.
And in the non-human group is seen as a abnormal defect and not natural, in some of the scientific reports I've read.
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Mojorabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:54 PM
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28. I am ambivilent
I remember a dog whisperer episode where he tried to help a poor traumatized dog that had done one too many tours to Iraq. It was heartbreaking.
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KurtNYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 07:59 AM
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30. Maybe I missed it in there -- what is the reason? n/t
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TNLib Donating Member (683 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 10:20 AM
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35. I don't know why but I would really like to see pictures of the Dog that helped take down Bin Laden
I'm not the interested in the pictures of Bin Laden dead. But I would really like to see a picture of that dog.
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Brickbat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-04-11 04:36 PM
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40. Nice to see it's not just people we can send to stupid wars.
Rah!
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