My human explained to me how important it is to remember the military humans who gave their lives so that other humans can be free. I’m not sure I understand everything but I trust her. So here is a little flag for the US military and US veterans.
I also asked my human if any furriends were part of the military (she had to explained what military was). And apparently, there are dogs in the military. So we looked for articles and here are a couple you might find of interest:
Since World War I, military working dogs have been in existence, and during the Vietnam War, the use of military working dogs increased, and German Shepherds were usually the breed of choice, along with Labrador Retrievers. Capacities that the dogs (and their handlers) served in were usually as scout dogs, combat tracker teams and mine tunnel dog teams.
In saving countless lives, those canines have also become casualties.
In fact, former commander of United States forces in Afghanistan, Gen. David H. Petraeus had noted in 2010 that “…the capability they bring to the fight cannot be replicated by man or machine.”
Dogs have been used in war and for other military uses since ancient Egypt. They were used to deliver messages between units behind the lines in World War I. The use of military working dogs increased during the Vietnam War with over 5000 dogs serving in Vietnam. There were also a large number of dogs that served in Iraq and Afghanistan. And Cairo, a Belgian Malinois, a dog we heard a lot about not too long ago, accompanied the Navy SEAL Team Six in the attack which killed Osama bin Laden.
Wow. Here’s a video about the dogs working for the Navy Seals:
My human and I also found this: Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet.
Here is what their mission is (from their website):
Supporting our Military, Veterans, and their beloved Pets to ensure the pets are reunited with their owners following a deployment (combat or peace-keeping mission) in harm’s way to fight the global war on terrorism or unforseen emergency hardship impacting their ability to retain their pet’s ownership rights.
We haven’t heard of this organization but my human promised to investigate for we think it’s a wonderful mission.
Finally, our human found this page some time ago, and I really wanted to share these beautiful pictures with you, in honor of military men and women. From my human and myself Texas.
Thank you for everything!