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September Is National Pet Memorial Month

Posted in Animals, bereavement, Birds, Children, Family, Grief, Life, Love, Memorialization, Military Dogs, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Pet Loss, Pets, Relationships, Remembrance, Soldiers, Veterans, Video Clips, WAR on September 28, 2014 by Morguie

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http://www.iccfa.com/national-pet-memorial-day

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.

Read more: http://www.dvidshub.net/news/19462/service-dogs-retiring#.VCgdYvldWSo#ixzz3Ecam9Tyq

 

 

 

 

 

The Unexpected Special Heroes

Posted in American Military, Animals, bereavement, Cemetery, D-Day, Death, Eulogy, Faith, Funeral, Gratitude, Grief, Heroism, History, Holidays, K-9 officers, Korean War, Law Enforcement, Life, Loss, Love, Memorialization, Military Dogs, Mourning, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Pets, Relationships, Remembrance, Soldiers, Thought For Today, Tradition, Tragic death, Veterans, Video Clips, Vietnam War, WAR, WWII on June 8, 2014 by Morguie

oursoldiers Although May is the traditional month given to the remembrance of the fallen, those enlisted men and women who died while serving and defending their countries, we wanted to remind folks that everyone’s  gratitude is encouraged every day.  

We believe it is so easy to forget and take for granted basic freedoms and domestic security  we enjoy in the homeland and abroad.   A quick, personal conscious reflection upon this helps make us more aware of the people who handle these worries and dangers so that the rest of us may go about our lives in peace. And it underscores our debt of gratitude and appreciation owed for this assurance of security, liberty, and  freedom to pursue our personal happiness in attaining dreams we envision for ourselves.

  Let us never forget: freedom comes with a heavy price — the lives of countless countrymen and patriots.

The full month of May is actually dedicated to those in enlisted service here in America. The Armed Forces of all branches of our defense are acknowledged and recognized for the active duty personnel; Memorial Day acknowledging those who’ve died, of course.

 

Even though it is now June, we wanted to pay honor and tribute to the dogs who serve as soldiers and police officersin this post.

 

These dogs are highly trained and specialize in tasks which expose them to some of the most hazardous duties that no man is capable of doing. The cop or soldier who handles the dog is indeed the partner of the animal throughout his service.  Sometimes they die together on the job. They are partners until the end, usually.

We wanted to pay tribute to the dog-soldiers with the following clip.

We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

 

 

It is also the month to remember those who lose their lives protecting and serving on police duty; those who put their lives on the line in the name of public safety here at home.

A favorite fellow blogger, Samina, dedicates her blog to the police and public safety officers’ support. She features  some very interesting posts about the K 9 dogs, including some really cute pics!

 

 

From the “Officer Down Memorial Page” (www.odmp.org/k9), these are the K 9 officers lost in 2014,  all died due to causes which came about as they were on-duty, working.  “EOW” means End of Watch/Date of Death

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago - Detroit Branch Police, Michigan K9 Remi Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago – Detroit Branch Police, MI EOW: Monday, January 13, 2014 Cause of Death: Automobile                    accident

Davie County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina K9 Gorky Davie County Sheriff’s Office, NC EOW: Thursday, January 23, 2014 Cause of Death: Gunfire

Petersburg Police Department, Virginia K9 Jager Petersburg Police Department, VA EOW: Monday, January 27, 2014 Cause of Death: Fall

Pittsburgh Police Department, Pennsylvania K9 Rocco Pittsburgh Police Department, PA EOW: Thursday, January 30, 2014 Cause of Death: Stabbed

United States Department of Agriculture - Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations, U.S. Government K9 Maros United States Department of Agriculture – Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations, US EOW: Wednesday, March               12, 2014 Cause of Death: Gunfire

Portland Police Bureau, Oregon K9 Mick Portland Police Bureau, OR EOW: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Cause of Death: Gunfire

Worcester County Sheriff's Office, Maryland K9 Ike Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, MD EOW: Saturday, May 3, 2014 Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Read more: http://www.odmp.org/search/year/2014?ref=sidebar#ixzz3424waR2d

k9graveLVsun3  Officer Down is a large compiled database of those police killed in the line of duty in U.S. with records going back to the 1800’s, perhaps further. It is a worthwhile place to visit.

 

Hugs,  CJ and Morguie

© C.S. Thompson, 2014.

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