The arrogance of people making decisions on another life is unbelievable...if one was to take the life of their family pet they would be outraged..yet what is the difference..Humans need to wake up...we all share the planet.
That's right, it is all of our's planet, including theirs. They have just as much right to fight and die for their way of life as anyone else. I sent my son off to war. Why wouldn't I send my beloved Katie also?
Rex Lawhorn What are we fighting for? oil? i'd disown my children if they joined the military
April DuRoss - do you need help packing so you can leave?? I'm digusted you feel it would be necessary to disown a child for serving their country - you are a disgrace and don't deserve the freedoms so many have fought, and even more have died for.
April, how old are you, 12, 15 maybe? make sure your brain is engaged before you obviously uneducated mouth is in gear. GROW UP
April - you'd disown your children? Really? That is the most anti-American statement I've ever heard! You should be deported to Iran!
You don't know what's really going on here. Most military dogs are indeed adopted. We don't kill them all indiscriminately, we love them. Only the ones who are a danger to themselves or people are euthanized.
April DuRoss Hope you never have kids, I would pity them.
You are clueless!
Many of my fellow veterans have given their lives for you to have the RIGHT to make such an IGNORANT comment.
as a military member who works closely with Military working dogs, let me go ahead and set the record straight, MWD's are not all put down after their service is complete. Majority of them are adopted out to dog handlers or other military members once they "retire" and live their remaining years in comfort as a house pet. While some are put to sleep there are reasons behind this. Dogs who see or experience combat on any level are severely affected by it. Imagine Post traumatic Stress...
as a military member who works closely with Military working dogs, let me go ahead and set the record straight, MWD's are not all put down after their service is complete. Majority of them are adopted out to dog handlers or other military members once they "retire" and live their remaining years in comfort as a house pet. While some are put to sleep there are reasons behind this. Dogs who see or experience combat on any level are severely affected by it. Imagine Post traumatic Stress disorder in humans then amplify it ten fold, that what happens to some dogs, the ones that are affected this way become extremely aggressive and violent and they are not adopted out for fear of the safety of the adopting family. I have witnessed first hand how these dogs act when thusly afflicted and it is being far kinder this way. Would you want to adopt a violent dog that will almost definatly attack you or your children? These dogs are heroes, they save countless lives and the military is forever indebted to them for what they do. And trust me if you think hearing about a MWD being put down bothers you, imagine looking into the eyes of their handler, partner and friend when they lose their dog. They are not just dogs to us, they are not just tools to be used and discarded, they are soldiers, marines, sailors and airmen but most of all they are family.
Matt, I came about this cause in a round-about way and at was very upset. I'm very thankful for your comments. Thank you for your post and for your service to our country! God Bless.
Thank you, Matt, for further explaining this.
Sometimes you wonder where people get their information. You did say it perfectly! Soldiers fight for their country, family, loved ones. Do people think they would disregard their dogs?! Im on a base that train K9 with their handlers my friwnds would adopt everyone if they could
thank you and well said...PTSD canines only... most are not killed.
Matt, I do agree with you for the most part. However I believe that this is a program that bears watching. When you give the government a free hand with no safe guards in place it could well end up that all Military Dogs are put down. Example under the Obama Administration there has already been proposals to limit health care for the elderly. Where does it stop and who ultimately makes those decisions. That what concerns me about this situation.
Well said I suffer from PTSD and can only image what a dog that suffers from it would act like.It is good to know that the ones that can go into homes are..Thank you for your comment. I am pretty sure there are ssome that slip through the cracks though and don't make it back home or into another home.Those are the ones that concern me..
I would also like them to be released to their former K-9 handler when the former soldier completes his/her obiligation. That way, both can have security.
Yes, that is exactly how it should be! Thank you.
I tried to register in fighting against this terrible deed. Not sure if I suceeded. Can you advise?
Finally, someone with a sensible solution!
Good solution! their trainer knows them!
Yeah..and why not? It's cruel for the soilder and the poor dog to seperate them!
And.. That's exactly the way it is. At least for 80% of the dogs. The rest are usually adopted out to other military members or the public at large. The policy this "cause" refers to ended TWELVE years ago. Only in extremely rare cases is adoption not the final solution.
This is a shame that they are doing this to these War K9's! They are Heroes just as our Soldiers are! They both served our Country & they need to come home with their heroes too! It's disgusting how our Military both human & animal have been treated. If not for these HEROES we would not have our FREEDOM! And that we need to be thankful for!
Please read the first reply. from SSgt. Matt Cella. Then go to this URL for more informaiton. http://www.militaryworkingdogadoptions.com/
i will reply to all they need to provide a safe place for the dogs with problems to live out their lives there is no price too much for the human lives they saved
Thanks Gary, I will. Maybe now we are getting some where on this help the War Dog Cause.
Thank you for the web site.
That is good to know Matt Cella...I don't think anybody would disagree with putting down an animal that is a danger to a family....I think we just want to make sure that if the dog can be adopted we support that cause. I have 4 dogs...and would glady accept one of these war hereos into my family if there was not a place for it rather than see it put down...
Your a good person Kristi! I love you!
You are a good person too...and I love you!!!
80 percent of all NATO countries such as Germant, Hungary, the Netherlands and Spain no longer use any animals totrain military medical personnel. Information obtained by PETA.
MWDs save countless human lives daily. They are invaluable, and we (the military) have IMMENSE respect for them!
Did sign already.
My uncle John McCollet served 3tours in vietnan to stay with his dog, K9. he was johns friend to the end.
My Great Uncle Jon Bailey. He never made it home from that 3rd tour.
I have 2 uncles named john, & jon BOTH DID 3 TOURS only my mom`s brother John made it back. He`s still with us.
This is a mindless and disgusting practice. How would the 'ranking' officers who make these absurd decisions feel if they or their sons were 'killed off' when considered too old for active duty? These dogs are f**king HEROS, treat them with the respect they deserve and have earned!
Nonsense, we adopt most MWDs out to loving families. We truly care for them.
Blair do you even read?
They aren't being euthanized. Most are adopted out to families stateside. Do your homework hippie.
So what do you think happens to the ones that are not adopted out?
What do you think happens to all dogs who can't live a normal life anymore?
I just can't think of a better cause to stand behind then one that gives a voice to those soldiers that don't have one. Machines don't get medals soldiers do. These brave soldiers should stop being treated as a piece of equipment that is thrown away.
They really don't get thrown away at all. Every dog who can be adopted out to a home will be, only the very few who are too aggressive are put down. In fact MWDs are technically one rank higher than their handler. We respect them, and do everything we possibly can for them. The government even spends millions per year on pain meds for injured dogs. If they were equipment, we wouldn't do that, or clean their teeth every year, or a lot of other things we do for them. They are invaluable to us....
They really don't get thrown away at all. Every dog who can be adopted out to a home will be, only the very few who are too aggressive are put down. In fact MWDs are technically one rank higher than their handler. We respect them, and do everything we possibly can for them. The government even spends millions per year on pain meds for injured dogs. If they were equipment, we wouldn't do that, or clean their teeth every year, or a lot of other things we do for them. They are invaluable to us. I myself plan on adopting a Military dog someday.
Check out this site: http://www.militaryworkingdogadoptions.com/
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