Sheyla

By Sheyla

LifeBuzz Staff

The Connection Between Soldiers And Their Hero Dogs In 12 Powerful Photos.

Dogs have been used in war for centuries. From the Romans, Greeks, Persians, to modern day, armies around the world have seen the loyal and strong canines as a powerful resource to combat their enemies.

Today the United States boasts of having highly skilled and trained dogs in search and rescue, bomb detection, tracking, and attack, in every military branch. During the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden, the Navy SEALs had a Belgian Malinois named Cairo as part of their team.

Military dogs and their handlers go through rigorous training at Joint Base San Antonio Lackland (JBSA). Almost all of the canines and their humans are trained here. German shepherds, Belgian Malinois, and retrievers are the favourite breeds in the military. These animals are admired for their skills by their handlers, but the bond the animal and person build may not be something either party is prepared for.

Companionship is everything.

Canines don't just work side-by-side with the military men and women. Their calm demeanour helps the squad stay grounded during the harsh realities of war.

Companionship is everything.

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Moments of quiet bonding.

Dogs have a sixth sense that is not only used during dangerous situations. These brave animals know when their handlers need a cuddle, lick or a minute to play.

Moments of quiet bonding.

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Risking it all.

Dogs go into full battle with their unit without hesitation. If they have any fear, they don't show it. They go in bravely and put their lives on the line.

Risking it all.

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They also get injured in battle.

According to the San Antonio Magazine's article "Canines in Combat," of the 500 dogs deployed, five per cent return home suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. More than half return to full duty after treatment. This does not take into account the number who are physically injured during combat.

They also get injured in battle.

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The bond between a dog and its handler does not stop after their military careers end.

JBSA estimates that 90 per cent of handlers end up adopting their furry partners.

The bond between a dog and its handler does not stop after their military careers end.

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