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Even His Red Squeak Toy Can't Get First Sgt. Gunner, USMC, to Fight
Wall Street Journal ^ | March 3, 2010 | MICHAEL M. PHILLIPS

Posted on 10/17/2012 12:53:39 PM PDT by Altariel

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan—When the Marines cry "Havoc!" and let slip the dogs of war, one remains in his kennel. Quivering.

Out of the 58 bomb-sniffing dogs the Marines have in Afghanistan, only one—a brown-eyed, floppy-eared yellow Lab named Gunner—is suffering from such severe canine post-traumatic stress disorder that he had to sit out the ongoing offensive in central Helmand Province.

"He's the only combat-ineffective dog out here," says his kennel chief, Cpl. Chad McCoy.

Like their human comrades, some war dogs can handle combat, and some can't. One Marine Corps explosives dog, a black Lab named Daisy, has found 13 hidden bombs since arriving in Afghanistan in October. Zoom, another Lab, refused to associate with the Marines after seeing one serviceman shoot a feral Afghan dog. Only after weeks of retraining, hours of playing with a reindeer squeaky toy and a gusher of good-boy praise was Zoom willing to go back to work.

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: dog; doggieping; labrador

1 posted on 10/17/2012 12:53:43 PM PDT by Altariel
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To: Joe 6-pack

Military dogs need a little love, and a DOGGIE PING too.


2 posted on 10/17/2012 12:54:32 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

A dog like that needs to go home, be sent to somebody that will train him to be a pet, and live out his days being fed steak everyday.


3 posted on 10/17/2012 12:58:35 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: USNBandit
I have a gentle (but clumsy) giant of a black Lab and he's the most loving and loyal dog that's ever owned me.
4 posted on 10/17/2012 1:04:55 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: USNBandit

Agreed. This is heartbreaking; why traumatize him further by keeping him there? Bring the baby home and find him a place to live with someone who will spoil him.


5 posted on 10/17/2012 1:06:52 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Don't be afraid to see what you see. (Ronald Reagan))
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To: CatherineofAragon

I did a little digging and have some good news:

http://www.wellsvilledaily.com/news/x102607940/Gunner-comes-home

Gunner Comes Home


6 posted on 10/17/2012 1:11:40 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

Thanks, Altariel! The picture of Gunner running in that field... well, he just looks so happy.


7 posted on 10/17/2012 1:23:19 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: Altariel

Welcome home Gunner!


8 posted on 10/17/2012 1:26:25 PM PDT by hadaclueonce (you are paying 12% more for fuel because of Ethanol. Smile big Corn Lobby,)
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To: Altariel
Now they just need to take him down to the local VFW every once in a while to toss back a couple beers and hang with some fellow vets.

I saw a news story a couple years ago about Native American Marine that flew back to his home. Members of his tribe drove hours to the airport so that the tribal leadership could present him with a ceremonial blanket. It was meant to ward off the demons that would haunt him from the battle field. I found it interesting that this particular indian culture recognized the idea of PTSD in their traditions. For so many years our culture said to suck it up.

9 posted on 10/17/2012 1:28:42 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Altariel

YES THANK YOU! You made my day!
(owner of 3 rescue pets)


10 posted on 10/17/2012 1:41:38 PM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: Altariel

Okay...I’m crying. Not only because of the article, but because of that pic of Gunner running across the yard with a smile on his face.

Thank you for posting that!


11 posted on 10/17/2012 1:47:08 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Don't be afraid to see what you see. (Ronald Reagan))
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To: USNBandit

I agree, but first they should change the dog’s name to Obama.


12 posted on 10/17/2012 2:01:08 PM PDT by Venturer
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13 posted on 10/17/2012 4:58:23 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Altariel

Glad to here Gunner has a good home.


14 posted on 10/17/2012 5:31:35 PM PDT by austingirl
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To: austingirl

Glad to hear, too!


15 posted on 10/17/2012 5:32:23 PM PDT by austingirl
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To: Venturer

Please don’t insult the dog that way!


16 posted on 10/17/2012 5:47:25 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (The Democratic Party is the operational wing of CPUSA.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

What a sweet story. I’m surprised that Gunner was repatriated home. The military has not always been so cooperative about handing trained military dogs over to civilians.

A 50 page application! And I thought it was tough when I had to fill out a 4 page adoption application for my Golden Retriever from Golden Retriever Rescue of Wisconsin, PLUS writing an original essay disclosing what my all time perfect canine companion would be.

Later I asked my dog’s foster mom how I was chosen to adopt the best Golden ever since he was absolutely NOTHING like the dog I described in my essay. She told me it was because I had asked for a BIG dog because it would be more dog to love. LOL!


17 posted on 10/17/2012 5:54:02 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: CatherineofAragon

Yup...screen’s a little blurry here too...

GOOD for Gunner!


18 posted on 10/17/2012 5:56:36 PM PDT by rottndog (WOOF!!!)
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To: Altariel

“refused to associate with the Marines after seeing one serviceman shoot a feral Afghan dog.”

Just like a liberal.

This is why serious tough dogs, like the ubiquitous Shepherd, are needed for all these jobs.


19 posted on 10/17/2012 6:13:22 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

Say rather it’s a sign of intelligence. The lab recognized another of its own kind was shot. Being unable to reconcile why the other dog was shot, it became fearful of doing its job.

Labs have the intelligence of a toddler (IIRC); toddlers can recognize some basic facts of life, however, they are not yet capable of higher levels of logic and reasoning.


20 posted on 10/17/2012 7:29:38 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: USNBandit

I am glad that we are now facing and dealing with the problem of PTSD; it is a healthier response than hiding it or pretending it doesn’t exist.

Do you remember what tribe the Native American Marine was from?


21 posted on 10/17/2012 8:26:21 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

I wasn’t talking about just the shot-dog incident. 2 comments in 1 post. All shell-shock-type problems.

You need a dog with an edge, with nerve.


22 posted on 10/17/2012 8:27:10 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Altariel

I tried to google it. It was from Montana, but I can’t remember what tribe. Can’t find it now.


23 posted on 10/17/2012 9:00:25 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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Re-ping to return for vids


24 posted on 10/18/2012 7:26:19 AM PDT by Titan Magroyne (What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.)
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To: Altariel

All,

Does anyone have contact information for this unit? We have been shipping donations to them for years, however our coordinator is now on medical leave and she did not leave us the APO address for them. We currently have about 50 lbs of dog “stuff” that we need to ship to them....

Pleas help...


25 posted on 10/18/2012 7:54:45 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: Joe 6-pack
US Army Sergeant Adam Serella bonds with his military working dog, Nero, as children look on during Operation Clean Sweep in Kandahar City in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, Oct. 3, 2012. Serella, a narcotics patrol detector dog handler, is assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division. US Army photo by Specialist Tyler Meiste.
26 posted on 10/20/2012 7:54:03 AM PDT by bayouranger (The 1st victim of islam is the person who practices the lie.)
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