How their handlers love them. A friend of mine who was a military dog handler through two wars says:
…for a dog handler, to lose our dog is heartbreaking…he will be always second guessing if he had done all he could…most people are not aware of the strong bond between a dog handler and his dog. We are not owners.. we are not masters, we handlers… they are equal to us…we are just the translators…many times they are more important than us… protected at all costs… and cherished.
Many people get very upset when they read about war dogs, saying that it is cruel and they should not be there. Perhaps they shouldn’t (and it upsets me too), but they are with their handlers 24/7, they are loved, exercised and well looked after. Not a bad life at all, considering more dogs die of abuse and car accidents every day than are killed in wars.