Yesterday I read a story about Gina, a bomb sniffing German shepherd military dog who came back to the USA with post traumatic stress disorder. Once a playful happy dog was now very afraid and wanting nothing to do with humans.
She would enter a building with the soldiers who used flash-bang grenades and then go to work. She is currently and has been being worked with on a daily basis but will never fully recover.
To read the article click here --> Yahoo News
You would think with how I feel about dogs and dog rescue that I would be appalled and disgusted by the story. Well I am not. I don't feel angry, I feel honored. Honored. We owe this dog a debt of gratitude just as we would any soldier that has dedicated their lives for their country. You might say, "Gina didn't have a choice. A human made the choice for her." And you are right too. But I don't know. We need military dogs just as we need police dogs. Dogs are awesome! How many times have you read where a dog saved the lives of other animals and/or humans? Dogs are a gift. A true treasure. I have read articles about some soldiers that will take in a stray dog off the streets of Iraq or Afghanistan and the emotional boost a dog gives a soldier is miraculous. Just the feeding of a dog or petting them.
It would be different if we all lived in a perfect world with no war, no crime, no hatred. But we don't.
The website Olive-Drab talks about the history of dogs in the military.
"Dogs have been a part of military life for as long as there have been armies. Many famous commanders have had mascot dogs and the common soldier has had dog companions as part of camp life. A dog is man's best friend even when the man is a soldier."
Now my mom will disagree completely with this blog entry! She will probably remind of me of the military leaving dogs behind in Vietman when they departed the area. I have heard those stories too. The dogs were considered surplus. It's shameful. Hopefully we have come along way since then.
Lets all honor the military dogs