Love, Loyalty & Laden!

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Digging the archives, the image above shows the monument commemorating canine contribution to armed forces. The inscription reads, “Twenty-five Marine War Dogs gave their lives liberating Guam in 1944. They served as sentries, messengers, scouts and explored caves, detected mines and booby traps. Their names are inscribed at the War Dog Cemetery monument at the Guam naval base: Kurt, Yonnie, Koko, Bunkie, Skipper, Poncho, Tubby, Hobo Ni, Prince, Fritz, Emmy, Missy, Cappy, Duke, Max, Blitz, Arno, Silver, Brockie, Bursch, Pepper, Ludwig, Rickey, Tam.”  

Even after a fortnight, the aftershocks of Abbottabad haven’t yet subsided. It was quite a stir that the stealth mission stimulated around the globe. However neither the celebration recognizing the drawing of final curtains on the face of terror nor the controversy simmering over the alienation of Pakistan from the cohort operation has quite faded.

Amidst all the media brouhaha, there remains our good old friend the dog who helped Navy Seals in the operation! Well, he is not quite in obscurity anymore. There are articles being written about him in The SUN and The New York Times. Here’s saluting our comrade for the gutsy galore!

Image courtesy: U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Vince Vander Maarel

The news doing the rounds suggests that the name of the dog is Cairo.

Trained dogs have been braving the militants in Iraq and Afghanistan as well. Coupled with their inherent courage and caped in ballistic body armor, the dogs can survive shrapnel and gunfire. Dogs have proved far better than people or machines at quickly finding bombs. Personally, I detest having animals involved in imbroglio but given the state of the world, we can’t trust humans to ward off terror.

Image courtesy: U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Elizabeth Rissmiller

The Sun reports that the trained pooches attack anyone carrying a weapon and have become a pivotal part of special operations as they crawl unnoticed into tunnels or rooms to hunt for enemy combatants. The cameras on their heads beam live TV pictures back to the troops, providing them with critical information and warning of ambushes.

Image Courtesy: Coast Guard photo/PA3 Henry G. Dunphy

Closer home, NDTV reports that the cousins of the special breed canines, which assisted the elite US Navy SEALs in sniffing out Osama bin Laden from his safe haven in Pakistan, will now help Indian security forces in ‘find and fix’ anti-Naxal operations in dense forests and difficult terrains.

And it isn’t all; dogs have always played a pivotal paw in many of such military operations. The operation that led to the capture of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussain was also aided by canine support.

After their service is done, most dogs are available for adoption. Loyalty is a quintessential canine trait! Goes on to establish (all over again) that dogs are a comrades’ best friend too!

PS Images are copyrighted by their respective owners.  To know more, read Rebecca Frankel’s in depth photo essay on war dogs.

12 thoughts on “Love, Loyalty & Laden!”

  1. This couldn’t have been a better tribute for those wonderful marvels who have been and unconditionally continue to be at our sides, irrespective of the magnitude of adversity that they come face to face – more often, the kind that we deliberately intend them to face so that we remain protected, well behind the lines of risk!

  2. Hey..hell of a write. Adore your K9 inclination. Just another minor add on, dogs are the best explosive detection ‘mechanism’ available with a success rate of 96 %. 30 % over the next credible source of detection.

    1. Thanks Ravi!
      Its an interesting insight that you have provided- steering over technology,the sensitivity of canine nostrils is simply amazing!

      Given the ardent dog lover that you are, here’s requesting you for a guest post sometime next year:)

  3. What i actually feel n belive is we humans are on earth to save the animals, but after learning this fact that we the humans rely upon the animals in most of the ways..I really wish the Almighty must change the natural thought of humans “pity for animals” to “love & respect for animals”. I wish the rest of humans get awakened by the civic sense of not abusing the animals specially the stray dogs,as they suffer a lot.

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