Animals in Service

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Prospective K-9 Batman (now known as Tuco, named after Tuco Salamanca, a Mexican drug kingpin in the AMC series “Breaking Bad”) a German Shepherd Dog, at age 9 weeks, in care of Patrol Officer Troy Caisey, Head Trainer of the Boston Police K-9 Unit. PHOTO: Jonathan Kozowyk
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 Incredible tribute to the 8 million horses, donkeys and mules that died faithfully supporting their respective armies in WW!. Faithful to the end. Photo: Mark Raen
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A monument in my home town to the 300 000 British horses which died in the second Boer War. The memorial is in Port Elizabeth because it was here that the horses were offloaded from the ships. There is a similar museum in Pretoria showing conditions for the horses of the Boer armies.

 

Able Seaman Just Nuisance R.N. was a  Great Dane who was a member of the Royal Navy and was buried with full military honors, a gun salute and the last post. A statue in his memory is in Simons Town, Cape Town, in South Africa.

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Army 1st Sgt. Brian Zamiska provides security with an Air Force military working dog during a January patrol with members of the Afghan Border Police in the Tera Zeyi district, Afghanistan. Army photo by Specialist Alex Kirk Amen
Army 1st Sgt. Brian Zamiska provides security with an Air Force military working dog during a January patrol with members of the Afghan Border Police in the Tera Zeyi district, Afghanistan. Army photo by Specialist Alex Kirk Amen

 

Austrian special forces parachute dog. 'Dogs don't perceive height difference. ... They're more likely to be bothered by the roar of the engines, but once we're on the way down, that doesn't matter and they just enjoy the view. ... "It's something [this dog] does a lot. He has a much cooler head than most recruits."
Austrian special forces parachute dog. ‘Dogs don’t perceive height difference. … They’re more likely to be bothered by the roar of the engines, but once we’re on the way down, that doesn’t matter and they just enjoy the view. … “It’s something [this dog] does a lot. He has a much cooler head than most recruits.”

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No man left behind. Carrying a tired dog is all part of a day's work
No man left behind. Carrying a tired dog is all part of a day’s work
A war dog donating blood to another war dog
A war dog donating blood to another war dog. US Army photo by Tech. Sgt. Caycee Cook
In training, soldiers have to be able to carry their dogs to safety if wounded
In training, soldiers have to be able to carry their dogs to safety if wounded. This is Reyana on Senior Airman Beaun Clegg’s back. U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Gina Chiaverotti-Paige
Two airedale terriers, one wearing a special gas mask and the other carrying rations for a wounded soldier in World War II
Two airedale terriers, one wearing a special gas mask and the other carrying rations for a wounded soldier in World War II
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U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez
These are US Army paratrooper rescue dogs being trained in 1944.
These are US Army paratrooper rescue dogs being trained in 1944.

I am so sad to think of all the animals that died fighting human wars. But I am happy when I think that animals are no longer a necessity to pull cannons or charge into battle and that nowadays machines can do what they do. But for every bomb sniffing dog and every police dog and horse, I give thanks and hope for a long and happy life for them. And that goes for service dogs, guide dogs and therapy dogs as well. More living facilities for the elderly should allow people to have pets.

I have two friends in South Africa who work with canine units. One in the army and one in the police. The love, trust and loyalty between the officer and his partner has to be seen to be believed. In many cases they have raised the dog from a puppy and when the dog retires, he or she lives out their life in the home of their former partner.

This is Panzer and US Army veteran Brad Schwarz, who suffers from post traumatic stress disorder. Panzer is not a war dog, but a service dog who helps war veterans. Photo: Scott Olson
This is Panzer and US Army veteran Brad Schwarz, who suffers from post traumatic stress disorder. Panzer is not a war dog, but a service dog who helps war veterans. Photo: Scott Olson

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

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