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Under Obama Over 1,200 Military Dogs Put Down by Regime

Dogs of War Remembered

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MoonbatteryEating dogs was bad enough. Killing over 1,200 faithful military dogs who were protecting American troops in Afghanistan is worse:

The heroic service dogs were euthanized because they were deemed too “dangerous” for civilian adoption or jobs with law enforcement agencies, as well as for medical reasons according to U.S. Air Force reports given to Congress.

The dogs were used as guards and to sniff out terrorist bombs.

It’s not as if no homes could be found:

Currently more than 300 people are waiting to adopt a military dog, with an average waiting time of 18 months.

Betraying those who loyally served in Afghanistan and Iraq has been characteristic of the current administration.

Is there anything these people do right?

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No wonder Bo is trying to get away from him!!

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair.

*All but ‘1’ of the dogs rescued from Mike Vick’s fighting ring were rehabbed and re-homed without any problems!!  This is horrible and ridiculous!  Everyone of these military K-9’s who served for us deserved better… a home and family to retire to after their service.  And if after the ongoing VA scandal, anyone out there still believes that ‘they’ care any more about our 2-legged veterans than the 4-legged ones… Houston, We have a problem!!

June 23, 2014 Posted by | animal abuse, Animal or Pet Related Stories, Dogs, Dogs, Fostering and Rescue, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pet Adoption, Pet and Animal Training, Pets, Political Change, Service and Military Animals, Stop Animal Cruelty, Stop Euthenization, Working and Military Dogs and Related | 7 Comments

I WOULD RATHER SAVE 1 OF OUR HERO WAR DOGS,THAN TAKE BACK THAT DESERTER WHO COST THE LIVES OF GOOD MEN!

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Man’s Best Friend… Absolutely His Troop Partner’s Best Friends!

The illegal and questionable Bergdahl swap for 5-Taliban Commanders from Gitmo, the Gitmo-5, that could endanger many more troops and even Americans back home has now become controversial and is sparking outrage from both Democrats and Republicans alike, from politicians to pundits to everyday Americans to many who served with Bergdahl and the families of troops that have already been lost in the attempt to search for him… especially now that it has come to light that Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl left behind a note in his tent saying he had become disillusioned with the Army, did not support the American mission in Afghanistan and was leaving to start a new life!

Even Afghanistan’s Foreign Ministry released a statement Monday criticizing the United States swapping five Taliban prisoners #nhpolitics

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June 4, 2014 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, Dogs, Just One More Pet, Pet Friendship and Love, Service and Military Animals, Working and Military Dogs and Related | 3 Comments

Dogs of War – Photos From the Frontlines Revisited

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Thursday’s Awesome Photos From The Frontlines: The Dogs Of War – Pat Dollard

Mar 21, 2013 – Jake Hammer – Originally Cross-Posted at Just One More Pet and at Ask Marion on 3.22.13

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May 25, 2014 Posted by | Animal and Pet Photos, animal behavior, animals, Dogs, Dogs, Holidays With Pets, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pet and Animal Training, Pet Friendship and Love, Pets, Political Change, Service and Military Animals, We Are All God's Creatures, Working and Military Dogs and Related | 11 Comments

Dog that can read teaches kids how to read

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KIMT.com – Cross-Posted at CBS12.com: ALBERT LEA, Minn. – From guiding the blind to comforting the sick, dogs are known to do some amazing things. But a local teacher has taught her canine companion a very unique skill and she’s using it to help teach her students a valuable lesson, CBS affiliate KIMT reports. See video HERE

In Peggy Bennett’s first grade classroom, reading rules.

“What do you need to do to get better at reading?” Peggy asked the students. “Read, read, read!” the entire class replied. “Read, read, read, you have to practice,” Peggy said.

This week, the students got a reading lesson that goes beyond books. She’s getting some help from her savvy Shiloh Shepard named Coulter. Peggy has taught Coulter how to read.

Peggy holds up cards with printed words one them, including “paw,” “sit,” and “down.” Coulter follows the commands on the cards. Peggy trains Coulter by first pairing verbal commands with the printed words. She eventually removes the verbal commands. Peggy says Coulter recognizes the shape of the words.
“I thought it was amazing. I had no idea that a dog had that big of a brain,” said Nicholas Belshan, a student in Peggy’s class.

Peggy says Coulter is a quick study.

“I would say, within about two days he started to get the idea of what it was and then it took probably another two days to get it down pretty well,” said Peggy.

She believes bringing her perceptive pooch to the classroom helps instill positive habits in her students and also helps her reach the kids on a whole new level.

You can teach the mind, the brain, and kids will learn. But if you get the human component and they connect to you through animals or whatever, you can get so much more learning. And so that’s why I do it,” said Peggy.

Peggy is a teacher at Sibley Elementary School in Albert Lea. 

‘Dogs Have The Intelligence of a Human Toddler’

May 20, 2014 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Related Education, Dogs, Dogs, Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Success Stories, Unusual Stories, We Are All God's Creatures, Working and Military Dogs and Related | 1 Comment

Wounded Police Dog Bruno Is Going Home

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Bruno posing with his partner, RJ Young of the Anaheim police (left), prior to the shooting. Right, suspected gang member 21-year-old Robert Moreno Jr. who was shot dead in the incident

Police dog wounded in March will be honored at an official retirement ceremony May 13th, 2014

By Marion Algier – Just One More Pet (JOMP)

  • Bruno has been in hospital for several weeks after incident
  • Had to receive blood transplant from dog, while bullet shattered his jaw
  • Will make a brief appearance on Friday before preparing for retirement
  • ANAHEIM – Police dog shot in the face in the line of duty while confronting a gunman has been deemed well enough to go home by the end of the week.

    Bruno, a seven-year-old German shepherd, underwent several surgeries after his jaw was shattered and lung damaged, while a bullet was lodged close to his heart.

    But Anaheim Police Department has now announced he has made a strong recovery.

    K-9 Officer R.J. Young walked out of Yorba Regional Animal Hospital in uniform on Friday, 5.2.14, with canine partner Bruno on-leash bounding straight toward the patrol car.

    Anaheim police didn’t want Bruno hanging around too long at an afternoon press conference announcing he was going home. The German shepherd, shot by a suspect in March, thought he was going back to work and might get too excited.

    Before Young and Bruno headed home for the first time in six weeks, the officer told reporters, supportive cops and others: “I could never begin to say thank you enough for all the support, all the letters, the thoughts, the prayers. That has been so huge to not only myself – my family – getting us through this. …

    “There’s no doubt in my mind that that’s what got Bruno through this,” Young said.

    Some in the 60-strong crowd wore T-shirts, “K9 Bruno – Our Hero,” or held miniature stuffed dogs.

    Bruno was shot while pursuing a suspect who fired on probation officers. The suspect was fatally shot by officers. A bullet shattered Bruno’s jaw and lodged in his chest.

    Cheryl Timmons, president of the Friends of the Anaheim Police Canine Association, said she almost cried after watching Young and Bruno drive off.

    “There were a few days in the beginning when we didn’t know if he’d be going home,” Timmons said.

    Instead, Bruno will once again tail Young’s wife, Rachel, around the house.

    Bruno and his family credit all the prayers, good wishes and blood transfusions from canine friends around the world for his recovery.

    On May 13, a public retirement ceremony will be held at City Hall for the 7-year-old dog, expected to lead a normal home life. He just can’t stay with the force, as his jaw isn’t strong enough to bite down on a suspect.

    Bruno, the Anaheim, California Police dog who was shot in March. He is well enough to finally leave an animal hospital

    Bruno, the Anaheim, California Police dog who was shot in March. He is well enough to finally leave an animal hospital

    Anaheim Police K9 Bruno recovers at the Yorba Linda Regional Animal Hospital where he underwent surgery Thursday  to remove a bullet that damaged his ling

    Anaheim Police K9 Bruno recovers at the Yorba Linda Regional Animal Hospital where he underwent surgery Thursday to remove a bullet that damaged his ling

    Police dog which was shot in the face makes steps to recovery

    May 3, 2014 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, Dogs, Dogs, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Service and Military Animals, Success Stories, We Are All God's Creatures, Working and Military Dogs and Related | 2 Comments

    Comfort Dogs Bring Hope to Mudslide Rescue Workers Amid the Rubble

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    Sumi, a 6-year-old Akita, is a comfort dog; that spent time at the Oso Fire Department Thursday with rescue workers following last weekend’s deadly mudslide. Image: Kurt Wagner – Mashable

    By Kurt Wagner/Mashable 

    OSO, Wash. — The idea of dog as man’s best friend took on a whole new meaning in the small town of Oso this week.

    Following a deadly mudslide that has left 17 dead with many more missing and presumed dead, authorities say search dogs have been the most valuable asset in finding victims amid the mud and rubble. But these search dogs on the front lines aren’t the only canines lending a paw to the local community. On Thursday, three "comfort dogs" spent hours inside the Oso Fire Department providing rescue workers and volunteers with a calming, lovable distraction.

    Multiple comfort dogs, also known as "crisis therapy dogs," have been spending time with rescuers and emergency responders since the beginning of the week in the Oso area. Rescuers have been spending long hours in the mud, rain, and debris, sifting through the personal belongings of those lost in the mudslide and even locating and extracting the dead. It’s been overwhelming, particularly for locals who have friends or family still missing.

    Organizations like the Green Cross Academy of Traumatology out of Hugo, Minn., and HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response, an organization with regions covering 30 U.S. states, have traveled with dogs to provide a calming presence wherever they’re needed.

    Levi, a 15-month-old, full blood Great Dane, spent Thursday morning walking around the Oso Fire Department where more than 80 citizen volunteers awaited an opportunity to head up to the slide zone. There are more volunteers than authorities can utilize, meaning some sit on standby for hours, if not days at a time.

    Levi, who has been trained since he was six-months-old, was a hit with those waiting around as rescue volunteers petted him throughout the day, receiving dog kisses in exchange. His handler, Pam Selz of Green Cross, says that dogs like Levi often get people talking, at which point both the dog and its handler can provide further comfort.

    Sumi, a 6-year-old Akita, was also on hand Thursday with her handler Sherrie Wright from HOPE, who began handling and training Sumi after retiring from the Spokane County Superior Court five years ago. Sumi spent many weeks training before taking and passing a three-day boot camp, consisting of vigorous eight-hour training days and culminating in certification as a crisis response animal, says Wright.

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    Sumi (L) is walked around by Michael Wright of Hope. Earlier in the day, Levi, seen here with handler Pam Selz, visits with volunteer seacrh and rescue workers. Image: Kurt Wagner/Mashable

    It’s not an easy process, she added, and most dogs aren’t cut out for the job. Handlers look for dogs that aren’t too lively or sensitive to unexpected noises, qualities that can’t really be taught. "They either have it or they don’t," she says.

    HOPE has three dogs in the area, all of which were driven over from Spokane, a five-hour drive. Other dogs are on their way from California and Montana, says Michael Wright, Sherrie’s husband and a fellow HOPE volunteer. HOPE, a non-profit founded in Oregon in 2001, has provided canines to some of the country’s most highly visible crises in the past decade. HOPE dogs were present following the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007, the Colorado wildfires in the summer of 2013, and the naval yard shooting in Washington, D.C., last fall.

    Handlers and dogs don’t visit the hospitals or the families of the deceased unless they are invited, says Michael. It’s one of the challenges of the job: understanding where to intervene and where to back off. "[The toughest part of the job] is to kinda be aware of your limitations and the dog’s limitations," says Sherrie.

    For the next few days, these comfort dogs will be available where needed around the Oso community. Wright says the dogs can identify humans in need. "When people are stressed, [Sumi] can sense that and goes up to them."

    With extensive national media attention, 90 people still missing, and the rains continuing to come down, that’s a small solace that only a dog can provide.

    See also: In Oso, Search and Rescue Volunteers Play the Waiting Game

    March 29, 2014 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, Dogs, Dogs, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Service and Military Animals, Working and Military Dogs and Related | 2 Comments

    One dog changes the lives of two war veterans

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    Justin Lansford, Gabe, Spenser Milo, and Good Morning America’s Lara Spencer. (Photo credit: ABC News/Good Morning America)

    DogTime: Thursday March 13th, 2014  -  While veteran Justin Lansford of Silver Spring, Md., served as a paratrooper in Afghanistan, he was struck by an improvised explosive device (IED) and lost his leg as a result.

    “We struck an IED and it flipped my truck completely,” Lansford tells ABC News. “I had bilaterally severed femurs which resulted in the amputation of my left leg.”

    As Lansford recuperated at the Walter Reade National Military Medical Center, he got a visit from the Warrior Canine Connection (WCC), an organization that pairs wounded veterans with trained service dogs.

    It was through WCC that Lansford first met Gabe, the 2-year-old Golden Retriever who has aided Lansford as his service dog for the past five months.

    “He helps me with one thing to the next. I can use him as a stable surface to lean on, as I get to and from the ground,” Lansford says of Gabe. “If I fall, he’ll come up running next to me and I can use him to push off of the get up off the ground.”

    Gabe has provided both guidance and friendship as Lansford becomes more mobile.

    “The less I use my wheelchair, the more I need his help in smaller tasks and the more he is there,” Lansford tells ABC News of Gabe. “It has been very comforting to know that.”

    It seems that Gabe was always destined to work with wounded warriors. Before he began his life with Justin Lansford, Gabe was helping U.S. Army veteran and Colorado Springs, Colo., resident Spencer Milo, who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

    “I was on a dismount patrol on the Afghanistan/Pakistan border. I see a kid, you know 15-years-old, a suicide bomber. You knew what it was,” Milo recalls. “I just remember a big, loud noise, a big flash. And I remember landing.”

    Milo survived the blast, but wasn’t left unscathed. He says he could hardly get through his normal daily activities sometimes.

    “It was really hard to go back into public without being so on edge that it made others uncomfortable. I’d sweat profusely and I’d be incredibly grumpy,” says Milo.

    Milo’s doctors suggested he work with the Warrior Canine Connection to help train and socialize one of their new puppies — Gabe. The experience with Gabe changed the trajectory of Milo’s life.

    “And once I started working with Gabe, I started feeling like myself again,” Milo explains. “My family, my wife started seeing me again, and that’s incredible. You can’t put that into words.”

    After Gabe’s training period with Milo, Milo had to say goodbye and hadn’t seen Gabe since. But recently, Milo traveled all the way to Silver Spring for a happy reunion, and to meet the veteran who is benefitting from all of Milo’s hard work — Justin Lansford.

    “I owe everything to Gabe,” says Milo. “I would jump in front of a bus for Gabe, and I know he would do the same for me. And I know he’d do the same for Justin.”

    Lansford says he was equally excited to meet the man who helped make Gabe such a great service dog and friend.

    “I have really had a chance to say thank you to Spencer for working with Gabe and getting Gabe to a point where he could work and help me. Being able to see Spencer face to face has been awesome,” says Lansford.

    WCC is hoping to make experiences like the one with Lansford, Milo, and Gabe a regular part of caring for our nation’s veterans. The organization is using the latest science and research to prove that working with dogs helps veterans with PTSD and traumatic brain injuries. For more information on WCC, their amazing work, or their dogs, check out the Warrior Canine Connection website.

    Sources: ABC News, Warrior Canine Connection Facebook

    March 14, 2014 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Dogs, Dogs, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, NO KILL NATION, Pet Friendship and Love, Pets, Success Stories, Working and Military Dogs and Related | 2 Comments

    Nominations for 2014 Hero Dog Awards Are Underway

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    If you know of a Dog Hero… please nominate them.

    By Grace Sydney – DogTipper

    Shining a well-deserved spotlight on stout-hearted Spots, the American Humane Association has just unleashed the nomination process for the 2014 Hero Dog Awards.

    Through February 28th fans of Fidos can nominate a courageous canine as a candidate in one of eight categories:

    • Law Enforcement Dogs
    • Military Dogs
    • Arson Dogs
    • Search and Rescue Dogs
    • Guide/Hearing Dogs
    • Service Dogs
    • Therapy Dogs
    • Emerging Hero Dogs, in recognition of ‘ordinary’ dogs who accomplish extraordinary deeds

    The pup-loving public will pick the 24 four-legged semi-finalists (three in each category) during the first round, followed by a second round featuring the votes of both the public and notables who will narrow the field down to eight valiant dogs who will vie for the title of 2014 American Hero Dog. Past celebrity judges have included Whoopi Goldberg, Kristin Chenoweth, Victoria Stillwell and many more. Even celebrity dogs are getting involved: “I believe all dogs are heroes!” says American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards National Spokesdog Super Smiley, who with handler, actress, and “The Pet Lifestyle Coach®” Megan Blake have their own show on Pet Life Radio and advocate to get shelter pets adopted. “When you look in your dogs eyes, I bet you see a hero lookin’ right back! Nominate your best friend today! I’ll be watchin’ for them!”

    Finalists in each of the eight categories and two of their human companions will be flown to Hollywood, where the Rovers will walk the red carpet at the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™ gala, which will take place on September 27, 2014 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Each of the finalists at the star-studded black-tie event will be a hero for a charity chosen from the contest’s list of 15 charity partners, as each dog will win a $1,500 donation, while the evening’s top dog will garner an additional $5,000 for their charity partner.

    “For thousands of years, dogs have been a vital part of our lives, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that American Humane Association stepped up to officially recognize the amazing work these dogs do every day,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, American Humane Association’s president and CEO. “Hero dogs do so much to keep us safe, happy, and healthy. It is the least we can do to honor them on their special night every fall. We can’t wait to meet the 2014 class of Hero Dogs.”

    For more information regarding the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards:

    Video: Elle the Pit Bull – The 2013 American Hero Dog Awards Winner

    Elle, a pit bull therapy dog (seen in the photo above), was the recipient of last year’s top honor:

    Photo Credit: PRNewsFoto/American Humane Association

    January 17, 2014 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Dogs, Dogs, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pet Events, Pets, Service and Military Animals, Toughen Animal Abuse Laws and Sentences, We Are All God's Creatures, Working and Military Dogs and Related | 2 Comments

    Honor and Friendship – Remembering on Veteran’s Day

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    November 11, 2013 Posted by | animals, Dogs, Dogs, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pet and Animal Training, Service and Military Animals, Working and Military Dogs and Related | , , , | 1 Comment

    Sarah Palin and Senator Mile Lee Take Time to Visit Service Dog Trainers While in Iowa

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    The Iowa Republican: Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and former Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska were guests at a Puppy Jake Foundation pre-Veterans’ Day reception Friday evening at the home of Robin and Dave Lickteig in Cumming on Friday night. Lee and Palin are in Iowa to speak at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition’s 13th Annual Friends of the Family Banquet Saturday night at the Paul R. Knapp Learning Center on the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.

    Puppy Jake and several puppies who are in training to become service dogs for military veterans were on hand to greet Sen. Lee, Gov. Palin and her husband, Todd Palin. The puppies were accompanied by their foster families and supporters of the Puppy Jake Foundation.

    Trainer Renee Jetter, who is raising Puppy Bob, said each service dog goes through almost two years of preparation in order to become a skilled service dog. Jetter, who owns Caine Craze Performance Center in Urbandale along with her husband Scott, expects Bob to be placed with a veteran when he is about 20 months old. The young service-dogs-in training go through many learning experiences to prepare them to confidently handle all kinds of public venues and social situations a veteran dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder might experience, such as the large gathering in Cumming.

    Lee cradles Puppy Elmer who falls fast asleepBoth Lee and Palin couldn’t resist holding some of the newest members of the Puppy Jake Foundation training class. Palin latched on to Josie, a 9-week old chocolate Labrador puppy being raised by Tripp Kinney. And 11-week old Elmer, an 11-week old Golden Retriever being raised by Jessica Van Maanen, snuggled up in Lee’s arms and fell asleep like a little baby.

    In between holding Josie and chatting with guests at the reception, Lee discussed the debate over Obamacare and the fundamental differences between the progressive left and the conservative movements taking place in government. “My definition of conservatism is a point between radical collectivism and radical individualism. Conservatives realize that we are all in this together and we do it through the right balance of civil society and free markets,” said Lee.

    “Republicans must learn how to better articulate both their deep concerns for the poor and their better vision for moving the poor out of poverty and from dependency on government,” said Lee, who was elected to the Senate during the 2010 mid-term elections with 62 percent of the vote against the Democrat challenger.

    Palin came to Iowa after attending the 95th birthday party for Rev Billy Graham at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina Thursday night. “It was such a variety of people and beliefs and backgrounds. There was Donald Trump over there and then there was Todd and Sarah of Wasilla over here,” said Palin who was one of three speakers along with Greta Van Sustern and Graham’s own pastor, Rev. Don Wilton, of the First Baptist church of Spartanburg, South Carolina. The event was attended by more than 900 people including Rupert Murdock, Chick-fil-A’s Dan Cathy, pastor Rick Warren, Grammy-winner Michael W. Smith, country singer Ricky Scaggs and “Today” show host Kathie Lee Gifford.

    “I told him we need a Methuselah,” said Palin. “He ushered in the Jesus movement in the 1970s and my mom, who was raised Catholic, came to Christ through his ministry, and as a result so has my whole family” said Palin, who was baptized Catholic. “He has reached more than 215 million people in more than 185 countries. Over the past several years the Palins have traveled with Van Sustern and her husband and Rev. Franklin Graham on mission and service trips throughout the world. In addition to speaking at Graham’s birthday bash and coming to Des Moines for the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition dinner, Palin will begin a nation-wide tour next week when her new book, Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas (Kindle) is released November 12.

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    November 9, 2013 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, Dogs, Dogs, Just One More Pet, Service and Military Animals, Working and Military Dogs and Related | , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments