Monday, May 31, 2010

This Memorial Day, please take time to honor our DOGS OF WAR

Please take the time this Memorial Day to remember our dogs of war.

In all previous wars we brought home our highly trained military dogs to retire with their handler or to continue to serve EXCEPT for Vietnam. When our military was ordered out of Nam our dogs were tied to camp poles and left to watch the soldiers they loved and protected walk away and not look back. Those dogs were considered to be excess baggage.

What happened to those dogs? Most starved to death - used for target practice by the Viet Cong or skinned alive and eaten by the Viet Cong who considered them to be a delicacy. Rumor has it that those who weren't tied or confined, ran behind the planes leaving with the troops they loved so dearly or waited patiently beneath helicopters for their orders which never came; and then, when they were completely exhausted, went back to their last camp and held vigil, patiently, for their handler to come back. (If you would like to learn more, click on the War Dog graphic. It will take you to a very sobering site.)

Out of 3,000 Viet Nam era war dogs, about 200 came home.

This Memorial Day let us remember fallen soldiers who lived, and died, for our country and for the soldier at the other end of the leash.

Dogs do not have the option of enlisting in the military. Yet, after they are chosen and trained, they stand next to their handler willing to give their life - without question. When a war dog locates a bomb, or a large cache of weapons and explosives, or even deters an attack, it isn't considered to be out of the ordinary. It isn’t covered on the news, you won’t see it in the newspapers, and chances are you will never know about it. However, the handlers, know. The Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, and Seamen who had their lives saved by one of these loyal and highly intelligent canine soldiers know. The war dogs also know they did well and usually receive a special meal at the end of a long day.
This blog entry is dedicated to the military dog teams of our great country. Please say an extra prayer and remember not just the dog teams that have given their lives but all dog teams worldwide who continue to be on the front lines. God bless and keep them all.

Please. if you have the time, visit the United States War Dogs K-9 Wall of Honor. You are here because you love dogs. You will leave these pages deeply affected.

A Working Dog

And he said, Behold man, created in my image. Therefore adore him
You shall protect him in the wilderness, shepherd his flocks,
watch over his children, accompany him wherever he may go;
even unto civilization.
You shall be his companion, his ally, his slave. To do these things,
God said, I endow you with these instincts uncommon
to other beasts: faithfulness, devotion, and understanding
surpassing those of man himself.
Lest it impair your courage, you shall never foresee your death.
Lest it impair your loyalty, you shall be blind to faults of man. Lest it
impair your understanding, you are denied the power of words.
Let no fault of language cleave an accord beyond that of man with
any other beast; or even man with man. Speak to your master only
with your mind and through your honest eyes.
Walk by his side: sleep in his doorway: forage for him, ward
off his enemies, carry his burdens, share his afflictions;
love him and comfort him.
And in return for this, man will fulfill your needs and wants-
which shall be only food, shelter and affection.
So be silent, and be a friend to man. Guide him through the perils
along the way to the land that I have promised him.
This shall be your destiny and your immortality.
So spoke the Lord. And the dog heard and was content.

God bless America
God bless our troops

National Canine Cancer Foundation


Kea said...

That was one of the most moving posts I've ever read and I'm sitting here with tears pouring down my face. Just wonderful. Yes, definitely universal blessings to all dogs of war, world-wide.

Kas said...

Just beautiful to see so many touching photos of the comfort dogs bring to out lives. I imagine the soldiers find it a great comfort to have a good friend nearby.

Furkidsmom said...

What a wonderful post and a great tribute to those woofies.

Happy Memorial Day!

Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

AFSS said...

We are very sads about the doggies being left behind. We are crying for them and saying purrs that they are in a good place now.

Brian said...

That was a beautiful, beautiful tribute to the woofies. We will always remember them!

Harry Spotter said...

What a beautiful tribute to all of our soldiers who have 4 legs. Love the photos. They too are heroes! Happy Memorial Day to you too.

The Creek Cats said...

Happy Memorial Day, furiends!

sprinkles said...

Such a lovely tribute to all the military dogs!

Thank you for posting this. I knew there were military dogs but I didn't ever stop to think about them being left behind or what would happen to them when they were. Your post made me all teary-eyed because I didn't know all that and would hate to think of my little chi's being left behind. They aren't exactly military material but hopefully you know what I mean!

Jacqueline said...

A wonderful, beautiful tribute to the unsung heroes of our wars; your words and photos were so touching and lovely...God Bless The United States of America, God Bless our Troops and God Bless our Dogs...kisses sweet friends...Calle, Halle, Sukki

Ayla and Iza, said...

That was so sad to read about the Vietnam War dogs. We is all feelin sad for them... It must have been terrible for their Beins, too.


So emotions stirred from your post. Our canine unsung heroes definitely deserve remembrance too. It's just horrifying that our canine warriors were treated as such once the mission was done. Thanks for informing us and honoring.

Amy and The House of Cats said...

We had no idea about the dogs left behind in Vietnam - that is just awful. We can't believe anyone would do something like that especially to dogs that had help out these soldiers. It is so wonderful of you to remember the dogs that serve in the military - they deserve as much recognition as anyone else who has served there country.