3. …Warrior Dogs.
A Warrior Dog is a K-9 that has served in the U.S. military in wartime. Often these dogs were deployed along with men in uniform to combat zones. They have a diverse range of skills including patrolling, reconnaissance, and IED detection. Warrior dogs were instrumental in the killing of Osama bin Laden.
4. These dogs show up to the briefing impeccably dressed:
5. They have medals and service patches signifying valiant service in war zones.
6. “Heroes don’t wear capes. They wear dog tags.”
8. The U.S. military has credited dogs like these with saving countless lives on the battlefield.
9. Now, there is a huge push to reunite these dogs with their former military handlers so they can retire in peace.
11. …and the deep debts that they owe these animals….
A tattoo on the wrist of one of the Warrior Dog owners with the dog’s unit and name.
15. Bos told BuzzFeed that Cila saved his life a “countless number of times” and protected his unit “every hour of every day.”
“I would not be here without Cila,” Bos said through tears.
20. Kathleen Habig’s Warrior Dog, Bagio, died a few months ago.
22. Carlos worked as an explosives detection dog in Afghanistan. This is his adoption photo after five years of war zone service. And here is Carlos, decorated today.
25. You can learn more about Warrior Dog adoptions here.
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