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January 26th, 2012

The Dogs of War - Literally

The United States military has been utilizing dogs since the Revolutionary war. They were first employed as pack animals but eventually moved to more advanced jobs, like as killing rats in the trenches of WWII. In modern times, there are more than 2,000 dogs serving in the military, with hundreds of them deployed in Afghanistan. Dogs have smelling capabilities that are 5 to 10 times greater than humans, allowing them to detect tiny traces of explosives or drugs and alert their handler. This has become incredibly useful during the current war, as the working dogs are able to find IEDs before they can hurt anyone. Oftentimes a dog will be sent into a suspect building before any military personnel enter in order to find any ... Read more
Posted by Mark Juelich on January 26th, 2012 :: Filed under: Blog,Military