Skip to comments.More Than a Dog . . . A Soldier, A Partner
Posted on 04/28/2006 5:40:54 PM PDT by SandRat
Military working dogs first entered the service in March of 1942 to serve in the Armys K-9 Corps. Today, the dogs, who have an actual military service record book assigned to them, are still playing an active role in searching for explosives and seizing the enemy. ---
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Great tribute Sandy.
Notice that the dogs are all German Shepherds.
"Notice that the dogs are all German Shepherds".
That's because all the elite Yorkie remf's are billeted in the green zone.
Memorial held March 27 for 'Rin Tin', a life-saving military dog
by Melissa Ramirez Cooper, ELCA News Service
A memorial service was held March 27 for Rin Tin, a military working dog who died of cancer March 9 at the Lackland Air Force Base, near San Antonio, Texas. The Rev. William G.L. Fisher, a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and chaplain for the U.S. Air Force, Eielson Air Force Base, Fairbanks, Alaska, conducted the service in Fairbanks. Rin Tin, assigned to Eielson in 1998, served as an explosive detector dog deployed to the Philippines and Saudi Arabia. He was a nine-year-old German Sheppard.
"Rin Tin saved countless lives deterring the introduction of explosives onto the installation" and "conducted numerous explosive sweeps for the Fairbanks community. Rin Tin gave his entire life to the Air Force," said Staff Sgt. Jacqueline Sciascia, military dog trainer, Fairbanks. "Our dogs mean so much to us. They are our partners and friends, and we work with them each day and even deploy with them," she said. "They don't ask to be recruited into the military, but they adapt and overcome. The dogs sleep on a concrete floor in a fenced kennel. Getting out and riding in a vehicle with their handler is what they live for. They work hard for us and never complain," said Sciascia.
I love dogs.
I am so glad that they are there to help are brave men and women in uniform do their jobs.
Hope all service dogs and soldiers stay safe and come home just as soon as the job is done.
Hi BG - Click on my profile page to see more working military dogs.
Unreal......these pictures are SO great....
(.....she says, being INCREDIBLY partial to Shepherds.)
Your home page...cool beans. Really nice.
Fantastic thread- Doggies Rule!
Thanks. It brings a smile to the day.
My Belgian is 12 1/2, and used to do herding, obedience and agility, and is ATTS certified. He now is pretty much a couch potato.
The Belgians must be related to German Shepards, don't you think?
I was told they are, by Chad, who partnered with Ringo, his Belgian Malanois, in Kuwait (on my profile page).
In the picture are both. Chad & Ringo are far left. They have since retired Ringo, who came down with something. It's been too long...can't recall. Ringo was about 10-12 at the time the photo was taken.
Pretty boy. Good dog!
Could Chad's family have had first option in adopting Ringo on his retirement?
That's a wonderful site. All hail the war dog! **wiping a tear from my eye**
9 years is WAY too short a time to be blessed with such a beautiful dog! (Rin Tin)
I don't know. I had heard that most military dogs, when unfit for service, were put down, because they were so dangerous. I believe that changed.
I know (loosely, but factually) a woman soldier who was retiring due to injuries recently got permission to keep her dog.
(Please Freep-mail me if youd like to be on or off the list.)
No, they're not. Many are Belgian Malinois, and there appear to be some others. 1st 1 shown is not any herding/working breed.
No they're not. Not closely, anyway. Although the proximity of the 2 areas and the fact that all kinds of mutty shepherd dogs existed and went into creating these dogs recently could mean they have some common ancestors not too far back.
Except for coloration, they look very similar, even down to the eyes with their spark of intelligence.
Yes, they do, but Malinois (as all Belgians) have always been (ALWAYS, even in the 1st days of the breed) smaller, slighter and thinner. They also don't have the jaw strength of the GS. Malinois never have all the black that most GS do all over their bodies; it's only on the face, period.
Look at their cousins - the "varieties" of Belgian in "Sheepdog" (Groenendael), Tervuren, and Lakenois and you'll see while they all look a bit like GS, they're all vastly different, and Malinois is part of this family.
I've always though the Tervuren looked like the perfect cross between Collies and German Shepherds (don't tell some Terv fanciers, they get highly offended). And they're my 2 favorite breeds!
I guess if I need to know anything about dog breeds, I now know who to turn to! Thank you for the info!
You flatter me. Except for GS to some extent, I know enough about breeds to be dangerous. ;-)
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