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. Cesar

    How disgusting this is! The use of dogs to kill people is absolutely appalling to say the least. Dogs should be used as pets,not as murder weapons. In fact,I'd much rather be taken out by a bullet than a dog.

    May 6, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cisco

      Cesar, Did you serve? I did as a dog handler in nam. Ask the guys that were kept alive by having dogs in their company. better yet walk up to a seal ream and tell them to rheir face how disgusting you think they are. I would pay to see what happens next. GO K9s

      May 6, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ted

      If dogs can help save lives, they should be deployed. Many of these PETA types openly acknowledge that it's better to have many young people die rather than risk a dog. Misplaced values and lack of understanding

      May 6, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • jacko

      Some dogs are bred to work...hence the category of breed "working dogs". This is a highly rewarding lifestyle for these working dogs, its what they are bred for. Not all dogs make good pets....just like not all soldiers make good friends.

      May 6, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Junius Brutus

      Wow, you all are a bunch of idiots. Dogs are rarely used to kill people, they are used to save lives. They main function in a time of war is for searching out things, like explosives and people in hiding. Along with this they help protect their fellow soldiers (yes these dogs are soldiers too). Protection can be in the form of alerting humans of a danger or by taking a bullet or IED themselves to protect human lives.

      Yes, dogs will attack and kill if need be, but our soldiers typically use their guns/knifes/bombs long before they ever put into danger their fellow soldier (aka ordering a dog to kill).

      May 6, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul Gigliotti

      You don't get it. Thye dogs are SAVING lives!!!!

      May 6, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • keith

      go back to PETA and shut your mouth....dogs are very useful tools in war and in crime fighting. they don't use them to actually kill people, but as a deterrent and search tool....they sense of smell is far by greater than a humans and can find things that we would otherwise miss.....actually if you want to get specific dogs were never put into this world to be pets....they are pack animals and the dingos of Australia show what dogs really are like in the wild. Man just domesticated them for work just as they have done with horses, cows and other animals. Just over time that man has made them pets and more recently people consider them their 'child'. Get your mind straight on their linneage before you talk about how stupid it is

      May 6, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • TRH

      What's appalling is your lack of ability to a> read, b> watch a video, or (the most likely of all) c> not troll forums.

      These dogs save lives. They are not weapons; they are protectors. They sniff bombs. They alert to threats. They care for and ease the suffering of PTSD patients.

      May 6, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • JB

      Cisco- what unit were you in? My dad was in the 47th IPSD. Dogs saved his life and the lives of his men on a daily basis.

      May 6, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • JF

      If you looked into the Military Working Dog program you would realize that these dogs are trained to save lives by sniffing out bombs and people. There are "Scout" and "Patrol" dogs who are trained to attack but it is very rare that they actually kill someone. In fact have you ever heard of a military dog killing someone? The amount of American military and foreign civilian lives they save makes them heroes.

      May 6, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ted

      Nice reply JF

      May 6, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • CT

      I'm sorry, but having trained protection dogs, I can say with certainty that these dogs are not "trained to kill". Rather, they are trained to go for the arm, leg, or other non-vital area in an effort to severely slow down a person's escape. These dogs are trained to bite and HOLD, not to rip and tear, and to release on a command from their handler.

      May 6, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. George

    Any human that presses an animal into service for their war agenda is the lowest form of putrid filth walking the planet; lower even than terrorists who press human children into service.

    May 6, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • clint

      your an idiot

      May 6, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wayne

      look you PETA loving ignoramus, the use of dogs in war is not only beneficial but necessary. The dogs, by taking the lives of insurgents, are protecting American servicemen from harm. By the way, dogs aren't just used for violence. I myself am a dog handler in the Marine Corps and my dog is trained to detect IEDs. But wait, i bet you think that is worse right? Sending a dog to find a bomb. Stop being so naive.

      May 6, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ted

      Thank you George. Keep in mind that PETA is itself a terrorist organization, and can't be considered credible or intelligent

      May 6, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Thank you,George. I like dogs myself and the idea that these right-wing thugs use them to kill people is utterly nauseating to say the least. The Cesar above already said it all.

      May 6, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • keith

      moron....just cause YOU don't like dogs, doesn't mean you have to spew your filth to the rest of us.....I guess you thiink it is wrong that dogs originally were pack animals and fought each other for dominance, and that's without humans being around.....dogs are very useful tools as they have senses that humans could only wish we had...they can smell things that we would never be able to sense and they can hear things we would never heard.....dogs aren't actually used to kill people and are a useful tool in finding bombs, drugs and other things we as humans would never find easily on our own.....get your head out of your a$$ and understand them before you spew stuff you don't know anything about

      May 6, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Really? aka Batman

    This is where youre making ur mistake.They werent really dogs.Well physically they were but their brains were injected with human brain matter,which gave them human ability.They look,walk and talk like dogs but SQUIRREL! sorry.anyway as I was saying.,They really are human inside.

    May 6, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Farmlanerd

      Bring me the Cone of Shame!

      May 6, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat2u

    Where is the outrage from PETA ????????????

    May 6, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cesar

    @Cesar shut up stupid

    May 6, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Thenextstep

    Where are all the Nincompoop responses that usually come out of the wood work. Oh, they're already here.

    May 6, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cesar

    Oh Monkey, where are you? Give me some nasty posts, MONKEY. Come on, boy. POST!

    May 6, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jacko

    Some dogs are bred to work...hence the category of breed "working dogs". This is a highly rewarding lifestyle for these working dogs, its what they are bred for. Not all dogs make good pets....just like not all soldiers make good friends.

    May 6, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ted

    Exactly Jacko

    May 6, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cesar

    @Fake Cesar 2:19: Shut up stupid. @Monkey. Where are you little troll? Come and post, bi/ch!

    May 6, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ted

    Frankly more dogs should be deployed

    May 6, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ruth DeLauney

    Hey Ted I bet you didn't know at one time the retirement for these dogs was as research animals.

    May 6, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. nur amabo nur

    In Italy common street thugs use knock out gas on trains to rob the passengers. It would very naive to think that our elite forces don't have this weapon. We still would have taken his computer hardware if we had taken him alive.

    May 6, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ted

      amabo, what does this have to do with anything in this article??

      May 6, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      The reason thet killed this dude nur,is to cover up the fact that this guy was not the true Ussama bin Laden and thus the real reason Obama won't let those photos be shown to the public!

      May 6, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ted

      John, go back to your coloring and try not to stray outside the lines, OK?

      May 6, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ted

    Ruth, at one point in time a lot of things were bad. Your history lesson is irrelevant

    May 6, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ruth

    Ted you can't be sure that ist still doesn't go on you moron. I think they should send in stupid people like you instead of dogs

    May 6, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • snausages

      Real classy!

      May 6, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
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