Scully, Dovi and I would like to thank all the men, women and animals that have given thier lives for our freedom this Memorial Day.
Most people don't know that besides horses, dogs have been used in war...I know that Milk Bones were made to give a treat to some soldier's dog in World War I. Dogs have been parachuted out of planes by themselves- a terrifying experience in itself...only to land in war zones...many a dog has saved his soldier's life
During Viet Nam, the VC would deliberately target the dog kennels to kill the dogs...because the dogs would sniff them out. Sadly, tight up until sometime around 2000, our dogs were left behind...thrown away by the military...torn from the ones they loved and protected...their soldiers...This is taken from "War Dogs- -The Untold Story of Dogs in Combat," : "America's war dogs prevented over 10,000 casualties in Vietnam alone and bravely served our country in Operation Desert Storm as well as World War II. Yet, many of these K-9 Soldiers were declared "surplus armaments" and were unceremoniously euthanised or left to unknown fates in Vietnam.
America's war dogs were trained to recognize booby traps, mines tunnels and weapons caches. They were trained for parachutte landings. They warned troops about ambushes. They saved lives by dragging wounded soldiers to safety. These canine heroes lived, bonded and fought side-by-side with our veterans.
After World War II, surviving war dogs were sent home to their families with honorable discharges. But at the end of the Vietnam War, military officials abandoned almost all the American war dogs. None of the dogs of the Vietnam War have ever been honored for their bravery and service until now.....in the documentary War Dogs, America's Forgotten Heroes. Man's Best Friend- Especially in Combat!
I wish to honor them this day...the Silent Heroes, who once again showed their loyalty with their lives. There are several links on the web..please look them and up and learn just how wonderful and brave dogs are...http://www.war-dogs.com/, http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/CCAB/war.html
We salute you, our fallen heroes: men, women, feather, hoof and paw...you are never forgotten.
Jenny, Scully, Dovi and Whiskers