Saturday, May 7, 2011

Hero War Dogs Wearing "Doggles" Helped "get" Osama Bin Laden!

The Defense Department has announced, Dogs Wearing "Doggles" Helped "get" Osama Bin Laden!

More facts we've learned about Dogs in current Combat include:
■ As of early 2010 there were nearly 2,800 active-duty dogs deployed by the U.S. Army, which has the largest canine contingent in the world. 600 of those dogs are currently deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
■ "The military uses a variety of breeds, but by far the most common are the German shepherd and the Belgian Malinois, which 'have the best overall combination of keen sense of smell, endurance, speed, strength, courage, intelligence and adaptability to almost any climatic condition,' according to a fact sheet from the military working dog unit."
■ Dogs have been trained to jump from high in the air (airplanes) since the 1930s. They normally do it with their trainer, but can under certain circumstances make short jumps into water (while wearing floatation devices) on their own.
■ The special eye gear that war dogs are sometimes seen wearing are called "doggles." (Awww.)
■ Titanium Fangs: Yes, Hero Dogs wear them. They cost about $2,000 a tooth and if you were to bitten by them it would feel like "being stabbed four times at once with a bone crusher."
■ And that's not all, "Scientists at Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine have genetically bred and specially trained canines to not only detect stationary bombs or bomb-making materials, but identify and alert their handler to the moving scent of explosive devices and materials left behind in the air, say, as a suicide bomber walked through a crowd—all without ever tipping off the perpetrator." Those "vapor-wake dogs" cost around $20,000 each.

1 comment:

Joseph said...

Hello Dee,

I just read your post about the dogs used in the mission to kill Osama Bin Laden. It’s pretty crazy how dogs can be trained in such a way. They’re pretty intelligent animals. And I especially love the bit about Doggles.

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