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Rose Parade Float Honors Four-Legged Military Heroes
cbs ^ | December 28, 2012 11:18 PM

Posted on 12/29/2012 9:20:58 AM PST by BenLurkin

PASADENA (CBSLA.com) — Military dogs that have served alongside soldiers on the battlefield are getting a special tribute at the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day.

The four-legged heroes will be honored through a festive, floral float titled “Canines with Courage”, which showcases the exact replica of the United States Military Working Dog Teams National Monument in Texas.

“It’s just amazing to see that they’re actually going to have a monument to recognize their service and everything they’ve done and all the lives that they’ve saved,” said Gunnery Sgt. Chris Willingham of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Lucca, a German Shepherd mix, will be one of the stars of the float, sponsored by Natural Balance Pet Foods.

“She served in the Marine Corps for six years, which included two deployments to Iraq and one deployment to Afghanistan. She’s trained to search all fleets looking for explosives. She led over 400 patrols, which resulted in zero injuries,” said Willingham.

However, the now-retired specialized search dog—trained to work off a leash to sniff out explosives—lost a leg during one of her missions after setting off an improvised explosive device.

Lucca was rescued, taken to rehab at Camp Pendleton, and eventually adopted by Willingham.

He said Lucca still has her spunky spirit and brave character despite her life-altering injury.

“She’s a very special dog. She’s saved a lot of lives,” said Willingham.


TOPICS: Military/Veterans; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: doggieping; dogsofwar; gsd; parade; veterans; workingdogs

1 posted on 12/29/2012 9:21:02 AM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Whoooo’s a goooood boy?


2 posted on 12/29/2012 9:29:43 AM PST by jessduntno ("If you give listeners a choice between NPR and NPR, they’ll pick NPR every time." - Howie Carr)
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To: BenLurkin; All

Ping this one to the dog PING List guy. :)=^..^=


3 posted on 12/29/2012 10:14:52 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: BenLurkin

Woof...good dog.


4 posted on 12/29/2012 10:24:03 AM PST by Conservative4Ever (I'm going Galt)
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To: BenLurkin

Woof...good dog.


5 posted on 12/29/2012 10:24:30 AM PST by Conservative4Ever (I'm going Galt)
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To: BenLurkin

I love this story.


6 posted on 12/29/2012 2:48:58 PM PST by USMCWife6869
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To: the OlLine Rebel

Great story for the doggie ping list!


7 posted on 12/29/2012 2:52:18 PM PST by USMCWife6869
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To: Joe 6-pack

Ping


8 posted on 12/29/2012 2:54:38 PM PST by USMCWife6869
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To: BenLurkin; USMCWife6869; Indy Pendance; Still German Shepherd; dervish; Kozak; Joe 6-pack; ...
GERMAN SHEPHERD PING LIST

Flora Berkemeyer

This is a low-volume list………so don’t worry!

(Please Freep-mail me if you’d like to be on or off the list.)

9 posted on 12/29/2012 6:09:30 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; afraidfortherepublic; ...
WOOOF!

Computer Hope

The Doggie Ping list is for FReepers who would like to be notified of threads relating to all things canid. If you would like to join the Doggie Ping Pack (or be unleashed from it), FReemail me.

10 posted on 12/30/2012 8:40:15 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: BenLurkin

What a wonderful story! Thank you!


11 posted on 12/30/2012 9:56:26 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Joe 6-pack; BenLurkin
I searched, but all I could find were models and artists' representations. Anyway, here it is:


12 posted on 12/30/2012 7:00:01 PM PST by TheOldLady
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To: Joe 6-pack

Hey Joe,

Have you seen any photos of the doggie heroes float?
I’m stuck up here in Canada and couldn’t watch the parade.


13 posted on 01/06/2013 7:43:16 AM PST by Cuttnhorse (God made man but Sam Colt made them equal)
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To: Cuttnhorse

Photos and some video here:

http://rickrockhill.blogspot.com/


14 posted on 01/06/2013 9:32:50 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Thanks Joe...good stuff


15 posted on 01/06/2013 1:21:44 PM PST by Cuttnhorse (God made man but Sam Colt made them equal)
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