September Is National Pet Memorial Month
The link will take pet owners to a special site dedicated to Pet Loss. There is a free memorial page there, too, to insert a tribute to your departed pet, if you wish.
That banner is needing no explanation.
Today, we decided to highlight the working dogs of the military…much like their law enforcement counterparts, these animals are highly specialized and trained to work in combat zones. We hope you enjoy these very short clips honoring the soldier-handlers and their partners.
Did you know that with military dogs, the government does not recognize them as soldiers or valuable members of the force…instead they are “G.I. equipment.’ When a mission has been completed they take the dogs away from the soldier assigned to handle the dog, re-assigning the animal to another mission of duty or retiring the animal to work in civilian duty. I put some links at the end of this post for further information about what happens to these awesome dogs after their duty is done.
Sadly, there is a startling item discussing how Obama administration has euthanized 1200 of these retired animals; the U.K. also does this according to another item I saw. So, there is a movement underway by the soldiers themselves to see about getting adoptions going for a great many of these animals so they might be spared and allowed to live their days out with a family or working with police or fire agencies.
The police K-9’s that are recognized as bona fide police officers have a life-partner handler…the officers live and work together and are bonded like family to each other. Each of their lives depends upon each other and it likely rivals any human-to-human bond…there is a special trust that humans do not fully possess with each other that a dog and his handler DO have.
In 2000, Bill Clinton passed a law that required handlers of retired service dogs to rehabilitate and retrain the dogs to make them adoptable.
Each retired dogs goes through a process to make it adoptable. A video of aggression test performed on the dog are sent to Lackland AFB to be reviewed and evaluated to determine whether the dog is adoptable.
Sadly, that is not always the case. If a service dog is determined unadoptable or is not adopted in a certain length of time, the dog may be euthanized. Euthanasia is the act of killing a sick or injured animal for reasons of mercy. Dogs not adopted or euthanized for medical reasons are sent to Lackland AFB for use in training dog handlers.
Dago is reaching the end of the allotted adoption time and having been deemed not medically fit for reassignment, is nearing his time to be euthanized.