Are Military Dogs Equipment?
You are absolutely right if you were thinking I haven’t posted a pure picture of the week post in quite some time.
Well this week I decided to change that and had some time at lunch yesterday so I caroused some pictures and pondered a theme for the week.
I don’t feel the need to have a theme all the time…it does make it fun sometimes though and normally if I have one they aren’t planned out…..it just comes to me… like: Cool Dog Wear Shades.
I need to do another one of those actually….. Military Working Dogs wearing ”sunglasses” just can’t be beat!
OK, we all know they are ballistic eye wear called Doggles (yes I said doggles) that are meant to protect our 4-legged troop’s eyes. But you have to admit….they look adorable.
All right fine, you win. Here is a picture of everyone’s favorite 4-legged trooper, Honza Bear, with his doggles on.
Anyway, back to my point. So this week I wanted to get back to the basics and make this post all about the dogs. But then I saw the picture below.
No, it wasn’t the crazy Taliban looking dude that caught my attention. Look at the caption and tell me if you notice something.
Who noticed that the photographer or maybe his editor called the Improvised Explosive Detector Dog “equipment”?
I was dumbfounded and then I got fired up and started to write this post.
Who has watched the new Animal Planet program called Glory Hounds? Admittedly I’ve only watched the first hour. After the hand grenade incident I sat there, wiped a tear from my eye, shut the TV off, and went and laid with my dogs on their bed. I needed to be close to them.
For those that watched the show you know those handlers and dogs are Marines.
As I’ve said from the start on this blog in one of my original blog post……….
Dogs are no longer pets. They are family members.
Our military, our society has evolved. Some people just need to catch up.
Of course this issue should have been addressed with the Canine Members of the Armed Service Act, but the provision that would have recognized our military working dogs as actual members of the armed service was removed from the act.
I’ve still not heard back from Senator McCain’s office to see if what I heard was true. So I can’t confirm or deny that Senator McCain actual sank this provision of the act.
So my carefree and fun post full of handsome dog pictures has turned into a bit of a fiery rant. But hey, that is pretty much my MO when I’m passionate about something……but lets transition anyway…..
I’ve got some great posts lined up in the coming weeks. The next chapter in Daniel and MWD Bony “The Grey Wolf”, a new dog team- Kevin and MWD Bull and, finally an update on Noah and that “Stubborn Puppy” MWD Chuck.
Yes, I also have the final chapter in Marc, MWD Anax and, MWD Dark as well as a post were I bear my soul and admit all my flaws. (this one is my wife’s favorite post so far!)
One last thing. I went over 1,000 subscribers on the site this week. Thank you all so much. Your support inspires me to keep writing and advocating for our military dogs and troops.
Please spread the word of my site by forwarding my posts, putting them out on your Facebook and Twitter and simply mentioning the site in passing to your friends and family members.
The first 1,000 subscribers took me just over a year. Let’s see how fast we can get the next 1,000.
On to the next 1,000!