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 military dogs.
It is one thing to ask these warriors to say goodbye to their dog when it is still on active duty and is assigned a new handler, which often happens. It is quite another to ask them to leave these dogs behind when the dogs are effectively abandoned overseas, left to languish in shelters — or worse. That’s why handlers are sometimes forced to make incredible sacrifices to get their four-legged comrades home on their own.
Goldberg mentions how legislation that would require the military to bring retired dogs home has languished in Congress for years. Perhaps we should do something about that. . .