Generally speaking dog teams are a “pooled” resource. That means that they are used when and where they are needed and don’t stay with just one unit. As far as I can tell this seems to be a trend that goes back to at least Vietnam.
I’ve already blogged about this great book and now I will again: Karl Marlantes New York Time bestselling Matterhorn is a book I think you’re going to want to read.
In the book, our four-legged hero Pat has recovered from his lack of food, water, and rest. Pat is revved up to see the fellas (giving some unconditional love) and is ready up to go kick some VietCong butt. The only problem….. Bravo Troop is now the “Bald Eagle” troop and is on standby to swoop in by helicopter and rescue any unit in trouble.
I love this scene:
“You back with … Read More »
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Randy Akin kneels on the floor after releasing his military working dog to clear a room during an active shooter exercise inside fire department building at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., April 19, 2011. The exercise is designed to evaluate the base’s implementation of force protection condition response measures as well as test the readiness and effectiveness of emergency response units. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron-Forrest Wainwright/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Wayne Snelling (left) watches as Lance Cpl. Taylor Slay shares a piece of his steak with Mac, a military working dog, at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan’s Helmand province on April 17, 2011. Steak Team Mission, a nonprofit organization from Texas, served 2nd Marine Division’s Marines and sailors steak dinners in seven locations within a five-day period. DoD photo … Read More »
This is Part II of this series. You might wish to read Part I before you read this post.
“It is time to euthanize the yellow lab. Hand me that needle,” said the man with the shoulder length dark hair tied back in a ponytail. The man’s nose was square and seemed to be almost twice the size it should be for his smiling face. Gabe did not like people in white coats and he began emit a slight growl.
“No, you can’t kill me. I’m a dog,” cried out Gabe.
“This is going to be fun,” said the big-nosed man as he squeezed the needle and Gabe watched fluid roll off of the tip and splatter to the ground.
His metal kennel began to shake when Gabe shook. “Get your hands off my cage. You are in for a … Read More »