Gotta Watch: Dogs of war
Jacko is honored for his military service.
May 6th, 2011
11:43 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Dogs of war

The recent mission to capture and kill Osama bin Laden has only underscored the need for military canine units. It was recently revealed that part of the SEAL team included a dog , who was choppered in to help identify possible threats to his team. These videos highlight stories of heroic military dogs during times of peace and war.

Deployed canines honored – A dog who survives six IED explosions surely deserves a war monument. Jacko is just one of many dogs to be honored at the F. Walton working dog memorial.

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Service dogs healing vets – Our Kiran Chetry gets a big wet kiss from a dog who ultimately saved his master from the mental and physical anguish of coming home from war.

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'The dog saved his life' – Family members of a fallen Marine express their deep gratitude for a dog named Bingo, who sacrificed his life to save his master.

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  1. Ruth

    OMG the dogs are smarter than you people. What do you mean by trolling? What are all of these other people on here doing? I never said anything bad about dogs I love all animals. I'm so glad they gave them a memorial they should get one in D.C.These animals belong to the Government. It's not all rainbows and butterflies people.You pay for this so you have a right to know.

    May 6, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ruth

    Also if you want to rag on PETA they are a part of the CFC the charities that federal employees give to. They also played a big part in taking down Michael Vick!!!!! Something to think about! Since you are all such big animal lovers!!!!

    May 6, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beau

      Last year PETA in SC took in over 2k animals. 7 were placed with new owners. The rest were killed. Most the same day as received. Screw PETA.

      May 6, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Brian

    Ruth forgot her diaper today folks. Well said Len!!! I am ex- military 101'st airborne, what len said times 2.

    May 6, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elizabeth

      Excellent banter...I enjoy a good spar. Not to mention a good laugh. Thanks Brian for your service 🙂 I am a psychotherapist to our nations finest like you and love every minute of it!

      May 6, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Angela

    Funny, I see hundreds of dogs weekly aiding and assisting Border Patrol and Customs, from anything to sniffing out cars, to chasing people who illegally sneak into this country with drugs, to yes, search and rescue missions to save lives. In all my years working with these agencies, I have NEVER heard of a working dog killing anyone, nor have I ever heard of any working dog killing anyone intentionally. Almost all the work these dogs do is to aid us and save lives. And all of these dogs are loved, cared for and "spoiled" by their owners/handlers. "Working Dog" breeds need something to do. Whats a shame is when people get these kinds of dogs as "pets" and do no training or obedience with them and let them sit on their couch and get fat, lazy and bored!! Dogs love mind stimulation!Almost all dogs want to please their owners. Why not use them for something useful!! My "pet" dog is in the process of becoming a Search and Rescue dog, why,because he is a working breed, he is intelligent, he loves to "search" and he may just be wonderful at it! Wouldn't it be great if one day his volunteer service was used to help save a life?? Yes i would be!!

    May 6, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Brian

    Angela will you marry me? I don't know you but I love you!!!

    May 6, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elizabeth

      Aww...a 'love connection!' Fantastic 🙂

      May 6, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Richard Deggans

    Deployed canines honored – A dog who survives six IED explosions surely deserves a war monument.


    May 6, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elizabeth


      May 6, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. gary wilson

    seems terrible to drag such a noble animal into the sickness of war.

    May 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • MissBacon

      Noble? They eat their own feces haha Just kidding, I love dogs.

      May 6, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. DaveFromLA

    I love dogs. I hate war, but realize it is an inevitable part of being part of the human race. The retired dogs in the video and the handlers/owners all look like they are happy and happy to be together. These dogs have served their country and their handlers well. They deserve to retire with someone who understands how special they are who will continue to foster the need to work and to please that is deeply built into the psyche of all working breeds. I found this a very uplifting story.

    May 6, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. DaveFromLA

    Marko, when you finish Rebecca's pool you can dig one for me!!

    May 6, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Brian

    Thanks Dave from LA, you understand whats going on here, I for one would die in the line of duty with the dog, I just didn't let it wonder off the leash, I was right there with the K-9; the important rule here is no mistakes!!. We all were right there on the front line with the dogs, they had their gear on and so did we. When you spend that much time with the dog, there will always be an unbreakable bond. When one of my service dogs passed away a few years ago, a part of me died with him. He saved my life 3 times; when a service dog does that then he gets treated like gold where ever we go.

    May 6, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cesar

    Hello, has anyone seen my troll?

    May 6, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Frank

    What's wrong with the people who blog in here to condone the use of dogs for killing people overseas? With all the godless weapons at their disposal,why do these bozoes in the military need to use dogs to do the killing? The whole thing is disgusting to say the least!!!

    May 6, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      The short answer to your question Frank is that most of these people who advcate using dogs as murder weapons here are a bunch of lame brained,ignorant right-wing fools who can't think their way out of a wet paper bag! In fact,I wouldn't be at all surprised if some of these nitwits belonged to the Tea Party Movement.

      May 8, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. FrankIsMyPersonalPuppet4EverBWAAHAAHAAHAA

    Did you miss me today Frank?
    See you tomorrow in the blogs, loser!

    May 7, 2011 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
  14. Frank M

    K-9's the only law enforcement branch that doesn't break the laws they were trained to enforce

    May 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
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