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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Military Dog Heroes Get Their Day: They're Not Just Equipment.

                      Photo courtesy of  Yahoo News

Or at least their own two hour special on Animal Planet, titled "Glory Hounds" that focuses on the "glory and trauma" of military dogs. This article posted on Yahoo News describes how the lives of one cameraman for Animal Planet, embedded with soldiers in Afghanistan to film this special, a soldier and his working dog, Azza, intertwined one fateful day.

But the Animal Planet special follows the dogs and their human compatriots "into combat zones where insurgents and buried explosives could be around any bend or any pile of dirt." According to the soldier featured in this article, Air Force Tech Sgt. Leonard Anderson, "Military dogs are prized targets for Taliban insurgents...they sniff out bombs, making safe passage for troops to follow and saving countless lives." But "They [the military] call them tools, and they are not...They are soldiers. They just have four paws instead of two feet...It's a deadly game and they die all the time."

We'll be watching when "Glory Hounds" airs this Thursday, February 21 at 8:00 pm ET. In case you miss it or forget to set your DVR, it repeats on February 24 at 9:00 am EST. We hope you enjoy it and share your thoughts with us!


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