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THOSE MAGNIFICENT DOGS OF WAR

Updated on June 1, 2011

Osama bin Laden raid

Along with the commandos responsible for the raid into the compound of Osama bin Laden, was one highly trained, very excellent dog.

Most likely it was a German Shepherd, but his identity will not be released. His identity, just like the men he accompanied will be kept a secret. He parachuted down with his trainer wearing war gear. He was strapped to his trainer and once on the ground was released to sniff out bombs and explosives. He is trained to go first into the war zone and warn his master of impending danger.

Running silently and stealth fully these highly trained war dogs can squeeze into small areas, jump over hurdles and do some things their human counterparts cannot manage. These dogs are trained to wear high tech equipment, goggles for eye protection with oxygen masks for high altitude jumps, remote infrared cameras with which they can “show” what lies ahead and sometimes they wear ear buds so their trainer can continue giving commands when the dog is out of range.

They are also equipped with body armor to ward off bullets and knife attacks and should they loose a tooth, the military may replace them with titanium fangs at enormous cost, but very deadly should they bite.

Special vests ordered recently by the Navy seals for these dogs can cost over $20,000.00. These vests are waterproof and equipped with speakers and provide protection from bullets and shrapnel.

The US has approximately 2800 war dogs deployed. It is the largest group of canine war dogs in the world and it is growing because of the excellent service these dogs provide.


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      elizabeth 6 years ago from Buncombe County, NC

      Not at all. Thank you for reading my hub.

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      Blake Atkinson 6 years ago from Kentucky

      Great article. I quoted you in one of my recent hubs about technologies used in taking down Bin Laden. I hope you don't mind.

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      elizabeth 6 years ago from Buncombe County, NC

      Thanks frog

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Nice Lizzee. Dogs are indeed man's best friend. They can help save lives and will perform feats their handlers could never attempt to match. Well done.

      The Frog

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      elizabeth 6 years ago from Buncombe County, NC

      I know. When I saw that photo I got tears in my eyes. That dog is remaining calm and in control despite the fact he is at incredible altitude, muzzled, strapped and confined. All things a dog would not enjoy. You can tell by the relaxed position of his legs that he is highly trained and 100% trusting of his trainer. A dog of that weight and size could thrash violently if he was not trained.

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      I'll bet it was a "German Shepard" too...they are so Smart and so Loyal, he too is one of the Heros. Good Hub Mslizzee, I felt Proud as I read it! Also Loved the Picture, it to says 1,000 words!

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Good, informative Hub, and voted that way.

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      elizabeth 6 years ago from Buncombe County, NC

      I agree. I've never owned one but my neighbor has 2 German Shepherds. Recently she had a foot operation and could not walk for over a month. I cared for the dogs, played with them and one of them I take on training walks. They are the sweetest dogs in the world. They have taken on the responsiblity of guarding my back yard. Heaven help anyone that tresspasses.

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      PurvisBobbi44 6 years ago from Florida

      mslizze,

      German Shepherd Police dogs are the best in the world--my sister and I were small when our family had one. Her name was Shep, and she protected us as babies and until she died of old age. We loved her so much.

      Thanks for your Hub it made me remember the good times, when I had Shep and my sister.

      Bobbi

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      elizabeth 6 years ago from Buncombe County, NC

      Dogs do as they are trained to do, sometimes saving entire units of men from devasating explosives. I personally could not sacrifice my own animals, I am way to mushy, but I do think these dogs are incredible, brave and magniicent. I have to ask myself if it were one of my sons in danger would I want my dog to risk his life to keep my son safe? Yes. Yes, I would.

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      Memories1932 6 years ago

      @ Pamela-anne Do you really think an innocent dog deserves to step on a bomb. Dogs are living beings with feelings and emotions, they are not objects that are here for people to exploit. Dogs are one of God's most beautiful creations and he would not want them treated this way. ( Dog spelled backwards is God)

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      Pamela-anne 6 years ago from Miller Lake

      Good artical very informative I didn't know dogs parachuted in to capture Osama bin Laden. Good idea letting them sniff the bombs out before some poor soldier steps on one.

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      Memories1932 6 years ago

      I am 100% against using dogs in wars. If people can't get along that's their problem,leave the poor dogs out of it.I am sure no dog as willingly volunteered to be in a war.