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Elite Dogs of War

War Dog Memorial

I have to put this out there since apparently people don’t pay attention and it’s frustrating as all hell. I had found a picture via Hawaii Military Pets, of a man in uniform skydiving with his pooch and proceeded to share it to my page. I think it’s a cool picture, and I’ll post it at the end of this.

The controversy that has suddenly sprung up on my page, was that of it being cruel, “f*cking stupid, among other extremely critical and non-logical things. So, lets clear the air shall we?

Military working dogs are a breed of their own. They are specifically trained to perform extreme tasks, compared to civilian training which can consist of simply “sit” and “stay”. This dogs are dual certified in explosive detection, or EDDs, and patrol. This means these dogs are trained to attack on command or to protect themselves or their handlers (Training War Dogs, 2012).

With EDDs, these pooches are trained to identify nine different explosive odors in different areas including barracks, theaters, warehouses, luggage, and vehicles. Once they have passed their certification, they are trained on patrol. Patrol for these pooches differs greatly between police dogs. Military dogs patrol training consists of obedience, an obedience course, out and guard, building searches, and scouting.  Out and guard is technique to train the pooches on false runs, false runs into a bite, search and attack, escort, and to stand-off. They are trained to attack a suspect and stay in front of the suspect, watching them until the handler is able to detain the suspect. After this rigorous training, they are bonded to their handler, and then the work begins. That’s a heck of a job for a military dog.

Parachuting is not a new thing for MWD’s (Military Working Dogs, FYI). Around 1935, an issue of Popular Science Magazine ran an article about the training parachuting dogs.

In 1980, there was another issue ran about the Army training dogs for the rigors of parachute jumps (Ricks. T.E., 2012).

Another great example is that of a Dog named Cairo, and a dog who should be honored, since he helped take down Osama bin Laden.  Cairo’s job was to find anyone trying to escape the raid, and sparked an interest in MWD’s.

Now onto the “skydiving” dogs.

Skydiving military dogs are trained for this, and are very well taken care of on their decent back to earth. These dogs are used on raids very often, just as Cairo was a part of. They have specially outfitted gear for the parachuting adventure, and are set in gear so as they will not be injured. Heck, there’s even dogs that jump straight out of helicopters with no gear at all!

Now, with that being said, why is it any different from Otis, the pug, a civilian pet, who has skydived over 60 times?  I have no idea… I guess it’s cute for him, but not for the dogs that are hard-working to help our military members.

I am just frustrated and disgusted with how people feel that military pets are abused, treated poorly, or are euthanized after their tours of duty. It’s all false. Dogs have been bred as a working class. They were bred to hunt out critters in holes, seek out foxes, assist with guarding sheep, guard families, perform for police, and even for the purpose of warming our feet on chilly nights. So the fact is that these dogs are given the opportunity to do what they were bred to do, to work.  They are given loving handlers who befriend them and protect them, they are given retirement ceremonies, and are adopted once their tours of duty are over. These dogs are commendable soldiers, and vital for our military over seas. I know I would adopt one of these loyal friends in a heartbeat if given the chance.

So. Now that we have that cleared up… Questions?

I’ve attached numerous articles, and I have also attached photos of these wonderful working dogs in action, and of their retirement.

http://ricks.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2010/04/09/rebeccas_war_dog_of_the_week_its_a_bird_its_a_plane

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/12/world/middleeast/12dog.html?_r=1

http://olive-drab.com/od_wardogs_training.php

http://www.militaryworkingdogadoptions.com/

http://www.uswardogs.org/

How the dogs are equiped with their “doggy gear”

Skydiving training (also the controversial picture)

Even the pups gain awards for their bravery and good work.

Helicopter Jump

Retirement Ceremony

Memorial for the loyal friends lost.

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Let us discuss: WTF is going on with People?

Well, it appears I can’t sleep, and I’ve found a topic I want to discuss, so I’m going to throw this one out there. Has anyone noticed that death rates are up? And I don’t mean the natural death rates, I mean crazy murders, suicides, stupidity, etc.

I admit, I’m a momma’s girl, and I talk to my mom fairly regularly, along with a lot of people back in South Dakota, and I can honestly say almost every time I talk to someone there is something about some crazy random thing happening, or a murder, or kidnapping, etc. that is going on. For example, one of my mom’s customers were driving from Rapid City to Keystone to go to dinner, some guy was standing in the middle of the road, and SHOT THEIR CAR. For no reason, had no idea who these people where, just did it for shits and giggles. WHO DOES THAT?! Here’s another one, I do believe we have had 2 or 3 kidnappings since the new year of random people, who are later found murdered or something along the lines of a horrible tragedy, in a ditch, or a person who blew themselves up in an elevator, or some idiots hurting animals in the worst possible way (New Years some kids put fireworks in a dogs mouth), or crazy drivers crashing head on into vehicles or running people down, the list just goes on and on.

My question is; WHY. Why are all these people suddenly doing all these horrible things? Of course this happens daily, everywhere, but it seems to be noted more in the news. Is it because Newscasters are just bored or out of topics to discuss? Are people thinking that because “ZOMG WE ARE GONNA DIE IN DECEMBER” that they have nothing to worry about? What exactly is prompting all these people we would never expect to do such horrible things, to do unimaginable damage to so many people?

Now I know most have seen these people on television claiming to be “Doomsday Preppers”, which quite honestly I think is a very entertaining show, but do you believe these people? What are your honest opinions on this 2012 situation? Would you murder, steal, or rack up your credit cards thinking that there will be no consequence for your asininity since the world will supposedly end?  I just don’t understand… The world was going to end in 2000, the world was going to end in March, the world was going to end in October, now the world will end this coming December. Do people honestly believe that because the Mayans didn’t “finish” the calendar, that means the world will be blown to smithereens?

Here’s my thoughts on the Mayan Calendar incident:
Some Mayan dude starts creating a calendar, and it is passed down from generation to generation, to keep this production going. One lucky Mayan has an extremely lazy, lets say son. This son puts around and just, forgets and decides that “oh gee, I forgot, Oh well, not my problem, lets just freak a shit ton of people out in the future”, or better yet, he probably just didn’t give a damn. Ya know, my view on this is probably ridiculous but I’m sure lazy people were around in Mayan times just as they are here.

Aside from this theory, Mayan’s didn’t actually incorporate a leap year, which we have every 4 years. Now, if we look at the Mayan Calendar, and insert a leap year every 4 years since the time the Calendar was created, we would be looking at doomsday being ohhhhh…. 8 months ago? Of course there is speculation of this, with all kinds of rumors, even some truths, about what they were looking at. But I want to see the actual documentation that the Myan’s supposedly predicted this doomsday happening. I want to SEE it. I want PROOF that this is what they said, not some loony Priest, Pastor, or Minister. Of course this is just my own personal opinion, but honestly, I’m just sick of hearing about it, and how people take advantage of something they have no idea is true or not.
Oy.

/End Rant.

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