In recent history, military dogs are finally receiving the recognition that they deserve.
The American Humane Association just hosted the Hero Dog Awards, and military dogs were obviously well represented at the event.
One of the honorees was Bino, a Dutch Shepherd, who served in Iraq for 14 months.
The President of the American Humane Association said:
"They're treated exactly like a soldier, in every way, shape and form. For example when a military war dog is killed in action, there's often a funeral."
Dogs are still incredibly useful in war. Even after the Pentagon spent 6 years and $19 BILLION (holy shiz!) trying to create better bomb detection technology they admitted that even their most sophisticated technology was no match for a dog's nose.
A manager of the Marine Corps dog program said:
"Electronic equipment is great in the laboratory, but out on the battlefield, you can't beat the dogs."
A dog was even deployed to Pakistan as part of the elite team that killed Osama Bin Laden.
When President Obama heard, he said:
"There was a dog? I want to meet that dog."
It wasn't always like this though. During Vietname, the military dogs that had fought alongside the American soldiers for months were declared "surplus equipment" and were left behind.
Now that will never happen again. Since 2000, when former President Clinton signed a bill that allowed military dogs to be adopted, adoption applications have never been higher.
A military dog adoption spokesman said:
"All the animals find a home. There's a six-month waiting list right now for people wanting to adopt."
So good to know that these dogs are finally getting the recognition they deserve.
Go adopt yourself a hero dog!
[Image via AP Images.]
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