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Old 01-12-2013, 08:10 PM   #11
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Its only right that the dogs are returned home and re homed as necessary. Reminds me of a story in the UK press a wile ago.

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Colleagues said army dog handler Liam Tasker was inseparable from his spaniel, Theo, and so it was to the end. When Lance Corporal Tasker was shot dead in southern Afghanistan, his dog survived the shooting only to suffer a fatal heart attack when it returned to the British base at Camp Bastion
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:14 PM   #12
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wait....did we ever actually leave our working dogs overseas when we "bug out"? that makes no sense...

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We have a large military presence in this area. There have been several fundraisers around here to get dogs flown home. I am very happy these dogs now have a seat on the plane coming home.

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Awesome...these dogs give there lives for our servicemen and deserve to be retired into a loving home.

I had to put down my cherished Chocolate Lab a few years back. Old girl was terrified of the Vet so having them do it was out of the question.

She and I had a beautiful day on the mountain...just like when she was a pup.

The day ended with me putting here down and a proper burial...she never saw it coming and left this world as happy as the day she entered it.

...but I'd be lying if I said I did not cry like a 6 year old when I did it.

Toughest thing I've ever had to do.

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That is so sad, but you did it right. I'm misty eyed thinking about it.
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I always hated the way that military dogs were looked at by bean counters. Glad to see it changed. I too can't believe they had to pass a bill on it to get it done.

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Awesome...these dogs give there lives for our servicemen and deserve to be retired into a loving home.

I had to put down my cherished Chocolate Lab a few years back. Old girl was terrified of the Vet so having them do it was out of the question.

She and I had a beautiful day on the mountain...just like when she was a pup.

The day ended with me putting here down and a proper burial...she never saw it coming and left this world as happy as the day she entered it.

...but I'd be lying if I said I did not cry like a 6 year old when I did it.

Toughest thing I've ever had to do.

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Did the same for my Sheba two yrs ago-
Admit I still get babyfied when I'm out back at her grave-
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I grew up with the same breed of dog that was used to take out Bin Laden. It was a Belgian shepherd, also called a Malinois. His name was Garcon, but we all called him Carson. He never let anyone get near me and one look at his dark face kept the people away easily. They're not as large as German shepherds, but are very strong and don't seem to mind being held by a soldier when jumping from a plane. I think they've become the most popular breed in the military. We had him for 17 years and I sure miss him a lot. I have a photo of me at 6 years old with him over my desk. Damn I really do miss him!

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Cuda- yes we did. And guys- when the time comes, you do the right thing. That is part of being the grownup in the room. And subbing it out to someone else does not make it better.

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Cuda- yes we did. And guys- when the time comes, you do the right thing. That is part of being the grownup in the room. And subbing it out to someone else does not make it better.
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Come on guys, please enough, cut it out I'm depressed enough. I have a jack russell that'll be 11 on Jan 22nd that I'm worried sick over. My last dog was a cairn terrier that was a double for Toto in the Wizzard of Oz. Had her 19 years and I'm still devastated! Wanna be depressed click on www.rainbowbridge.com
It'll make a grown man cry!

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