Should the Military Provide Lifetime Care for Retired Service Dogs?

Hoffman and Baddy worked to keep the President safe.
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When a human retires from the American military, he or she is guaranteed a lifetime of healthcare through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Military working dogs, however, receive no. . .

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Soldier Claims That Military Stole His Dog

Spc. Brent Grommet (lower right) with their team in AFghanistan.
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We have often posted about the amazing bond that forms between a military dog handler and the dog who accompanies him on often dangerous operations in war zones around the world. Some of our favorite stories have been about. . .

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Video: A Marine and His Partner are Reunited

A United States Marine, Matt Foster returned safely from a tour in Afghanistan, but he had left something behind: his best friend and partner, Mick. The pair had been inseparable during their time overseas. So when he heard that Mick was being retired from. . .

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Essay: Don’t Abandon Our Dogs of War

Marine Lance Corporal Nick Lacarra with his military working dog, Coot, on patrol in Afghanistan, 2012.
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We try to stay away from politics here on the Dogs blog, but on the National Review website, there’s an excellent argument by Jonah Goldberg for why we should take care of retired. . .

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Video: Marine And Bomb-Sniffing Dog Reunited in Boston

Here’s an emotional story from Boston, about a brave dog who has served in Afghanistan and on the streets of Boston, who is going to a forever home with his old partner. Moxie served with distinction on the battlefield and at such important events as the. . .

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Advocates Say Military Dogs Aren’t Pets — They’re Veterans

Zzarr, a Dutch shepherd, with K-9 handler U.S. Army Sgt. Nathan Arriaga (partly hidden), in 2011.
Photo via reports that, this week, a contingent of dog advocates went to Capitol Hill to talk to legislators about how the U.S. military treats its working dogs when their service has ended overseas. Last year, Congress passed a law making it possible to. . .

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Video: Family Adopts Fallen Son’s Military Dog

Dino and Staff Sgt. Christopher Diaz in Afghanistan.
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Here’s a touching story of how the family of a fallen Marine is reconnecting with their son by adopting the bomb-sniffing dog who was with him in Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Christopher Diaz was. . .

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