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2012-11-02 05:55:21 AM
Your dog wants American steak to celebrate.
 
2012-11-02 05:58:15 AM
I always enjoyed releasing war dogs when I played Rome: Total War. But you'd have to hold off until late in the battle to have maximum effect.
 
2012-11-02 06:09:24 AM
Marines just say the words they learned from their dogs.

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2012-11-02 06:13:46 AM
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About damn time. Still, I'd like to see one on the Mall in DC...
 
2012-11-02 06:14:32 AM
Except it would be the second national monunent for war dogs serving (America) since WWI.
 
2012-11-02 06:17:29 AM
...and may I say IT'S ABOUT FARKING TIME!

/Wonders if they'll finally restore the medals earned by War dogs in WWI and II.
 
2012-11-02 06:30:59 AM
that have served since the beginning of World War II.

And, man are they tired!
 
2012-11-02 06:32:05 AM
He saved my life and saved the lives of others by alerting on ambushes, snipers and booby traps.

Lets see your stupid cat do that. Oh wait, they're too busy pissing on your clothes and throwing up in your shoes.
 
2012-11-02 06:37:41 AM
I approve this message.
 
2012-11-02 06:42:06 AM
My dog dodged the draft in Paris with Mitt Romney, which is exactly the same.
 
2012-11-02 06:44:04 AM

way south: ...and may I say IT'S ABOUT FARKING TIME!

/Wonders if they'll finally restore the medals earned by War dogs in WWI and II.


The British have an award called the Dickin Medal for animal acts of valour. Most recently, several dogs have been awarded it for their bomb disposal efforts, but it has also been awarded to carrier pigeons, horses and even a couple of cats.
 
2012-11-02 06:51:16 AM
I've known John for almost 30 years. Great guy. He's put his heart and soul into this project for almost as long as I've known him. If you can find a copy of his book, "Dog Tags of Courage", give it a read.
 
2012-11-02 06:54:04 AM
"Hey guys, we're all incumbants and it's election season. We haven't gotten much of anything done. Want to buy some cheap votes before the election?"

"Sure."

"How about appealing to dog lovers?"

"Why not."
 
2012-11-02 07:00:34 AM
I don't honor people who participate in wars of aggression; why would I honor their dogs?
 
2012-11-02 07:09:36 AM
I just hope that the picture they used doesn't too closely resemble the monument. Honoring dogs and handlers with a statue is okay. Honoring them with a nice statue would be better.
 
2012-11-02 07:12:40 AM
Honestly they should have some kind of monument for dogs. Find a way to culture the gut flora of a famous dog's colon inside a life sized bronze statue at dog nose height. Then have the 5' tall statues for the humans to take pictures of.

You and your pets could honor the dead.
 
2012-11-02 07:15:54 AM

doglover: Marines just say the words they learned from their dogs.

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Is that a Malinois? They're gorgeous dogs but they're farking lethal. A friend of mine was a loadmaster on Chinooks and did several tours in Afghanistan. He once saw a Malinois eating the insides of a dead Taliban when they'd landed to collect casualties after a fire-fight in Helmand.

This dog isn't American but he got a posthumous award. This picture of him with his handler shortly before they died always gets me:
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2012-11-02 07:26:40 AM

The Envoy: They're gorgeous dogs but they're farking lethal.


I dunno what breed it is. It's just a hotlink. But I do know I freakin' love dogs of war. It's more fitting their to nature than those yappy things Paris Hilton carries around. I always wanted a full on mastiff.
 
2012-11-02 07:35:19 AM
Suck it cats!

/And cat people
 
2012-11-02 07:36:05 AM
I guess cats have one too, only its like those CIA stars. They can't tell you what they did, but just put a star up on a wall somewhere.
 
2012-11-02 07:40:46 AM

Mosox42: Suck it cats!

/And cat people


Wow! You're as smart as a medieval european peasant!
Too bad the bubonic plague isn't around to Darwin you any more.
But that's cool. I hear Hantavirus is 18 with a bullet.
 
2012-11-02 07:41:50 AM

doglover: The Envoy: They're gorgeous dogs but they're farking lethal.

I dunno what breed it is. It's just a hotlink. But I do know I freakin' love dogs of war. It's more fitting their to nature than those yappy things Paris Hilton carries around. I always wanted a full on mastiff.


I think it is one based on the pointed ears and muzzle colour:
www.dogbreedinfo.com
 
2012-11-02 07:42:37 AM
You'd never see a CAT doing that...
 
2012-11-02 07:45:49 AM
So is this a memorial to make us feel better for endangering an innocent pet in unneeded wars?
 
2012-11-02 07:50:46 AM

Kit Fister: You'd never see a CAT doing that...


Selective breeding has accomplished amazing things, but I don't think anybody has ever selected cats for behavior, like they have dogs. Cats are too little to be of much use in a fight against any of our large enemies, and they are already far mors adept at fighting our small enemies (rodents, and the disease and famine they bring) than we could ever breed them to be.
So to breed a useful, "loyal" cat, you would have had to start with a big cat - and if anybody ever tried it, they never made it past the R&D phase. :D
 
2012-11-02 07:54:02 AM
Counter-point:

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2012-11-02 07:55:02 AM

You Are All Sheep: So is this a memorial to make us feel better for endangering an innocent pet in unneeded wars?


War dogs aren't pets, they are animals trained to carry out important missions.
The fact that people don't understand their value has led to them often being mistreated or forgotten after the conflict Du'Jour is over. 
...and that is a shame since they are responsible for saving hundreds of human lives.

/if you think a conflict is unnecessary then you should take it up with a politician, not a solider.
 
2012-11-02 08:03:19 AM

The Envoy: doglover: The Envoy: They're gorgeous dogs but they're farking lethal.

I dunno what breed it is. It's just a hotlink. But I do know I freakin' love dogs of war. It's more fitting their to nature than those yappy things Paris Hilton carries around. I always wanted a full on mastiff.

I think it is one based on the pointed ears and muzzle colour:
[www.dogbreedinfo.com image 275x380]


That's a belgian malinois
 
2012-11-02 08:06:54 AM

You Are All Sheep: So is this a memorial to make us feel better for endangering an innocent pet in unneeded wars?


Just ask the Jews, French, Hollanders, Eastern Europeans, Romani, etc. how unnecessary WWII was, asshat.
 
2012-11-02 08:07:27 AM

abhorrent1: The Envoy: doglover: The Envoy: They're gorgeous dogs but they're farking lethal.

I dunno what breed it is. It's just a hotlink. But I do know I freakin' love dogs of war. It's more fitting their to nature than those yappy things Paris Hilton carries around. I always wanted a full on mastiff.

I think it is one based on the pointed ears and muzzle colour:
[www.dogbreedinfo.com image 275x380]

That's a belgian malinois


Um, I know. That's what I'm saying!
 
2012-11-02 08:19:28 AM
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/appreciates war dogs.
 
2012-11-02 08:22:07 AM

The Envoy: doglover: The Envoy: They're gorgeous dogs but they're farking lethal.

I dunno what breed it is. It's just a hotlink. But I do know I freakin' love dogs of war. It's more fitting their to nature than those yappy things Paris Hilton carries around. I always wanted a full on mastiff.

I think it is one based on the pointed ears and muzzle colour:
[www.dogbreedinfo.com image 275x380]


I took a Journalism course on dog breed identification, so I can tell you exactly what breed it is...

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2012-11-02 08:35:39 AM
There is an Animals in War Memorial at Park Lane in London:

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2012-11-02 08:36:50 AM
The Brits did something similar about 8 years ago at a posh site in London. Not dog specific.

/"They had no choice."
//Most of the men didn't, either.
 
2012-11-02 08:37:54 AM
oops... scooped by a minute.
 
2012-11-02 08:45:06 AM
How about a little music to go with it:

Link

\Puppies have earned it!
 
2012-11-02 08:55:26 AM
Bit of a threadjack, but why does the 'Hero' tag have an American flag behind it? There were heroes before the USA, there are currently heroes from outside the USA and there most certainly will be heroes long past the USA.
 
2012-11-02 08:59:04 AM

jso2897: Mosox42: Suck it cats!

/And cat people

Wow! You're as smart as a medieval european peasant!
Too bad the bubonic plague isn't around to Darwin you any more.
But that's cool. I hear Hantavirus is 18 with a bullet.


Are you suggesting that being born at the low end of a rigid social structure equates to low intelligence? Because, well, that's not very smart!
 
db2
2012-11-02 09:01:31 AM
Whoa, where did they find dogs that old?
 
2012-11-02 09:31:08 AM
Whoof. I guess that's the kind of sculpture design you get when you let a veteran/author design it. Yeesh. Worse than Ross Perot's Vietnam memorial (the bronze statue next to the big subterranean V that is the real memorial).

/All for honoring the doggies and their handlers, but would it have killed them to hire an artist?
 
2012-11-02 09:40:09 AM
I don't want to spam this thread, but I got an email last week from a USMC friend of mine. Apparently there are almost 400 EOD dogs that need to find homes after their retirement. Anyone interested let me know (EIP). I wish I could give a life of relaxation, peace and belly rubs to one of them, but I've got four rescues right now and can't afford another one.
 
2012-11-02 09:45:12 AM
Why only to ww2? Were those dogs in ww1 and earlier a bunch of sissies?
 
2012-11-02 10:10:33 AM

XveryYpettyZ: I just hope that the picture they used doesn't too closely resemble the monument. Honoring dogs and handlers with a statue is okay. Honoring them with a nice statue would be better.


My thoughts exactly. That rendering looks amateurish as hell. Have nice statues become a lost art?
 
2012-11-02 10:11:13 AM

turbocucumber: Your dog wants American steak to celebrate.


I think a Kobe steak would be more appropriate for a WW2 commemoration.
 
2012-11-02 10:33:54 AM

abhorrent1: He saved my life and saved the lives of others by alerting on ambushes, snipers and booby traps.

Lets see your stupid cat do that. Oh wait, they're too busy pissing on your clothes and throwing up in your shoes.


I know a family that adopted a retired military working dog. Said heroic canine's best fellow-animal friend is a little rescue cat called Boots. It's possible to have and love both species.

I don't disagree for two seconds that cats are NOT as heroic or even as useful as dogs (unless you count them destroying the rodents that bring plague and eat crops,) but they can still be nice companions, and there have been some kitties brought back from Iraq and Afghanistan, like Pfc. Hammer.
 
2012-11-02 11:34:31 AM
AMERICA, BARK YEAH!!!

/really, I'm the first??
 
2012-11-02 12:17:59 PM

Plumbledum: Bit of a threadjack, but why does the 'Hero' tag have an American flag behind it? There were heroes before the USA, there are currently heroes from outside the USA and there most certainly will be heroes long past the USA.


This is a site made by an American, hosted in America, and read in majority by Americans. But certainly, let's be regionally sensitive so we don't offend the brave heroes of Tajikistan.
 
2012-11-02 12:34:41 PM
Do more of them die by suicide instead of combat?
 
2012-11-02 12:41:04 PM

HatMadeOfAss: Plumbledum: Bit of a threadjack, but why does the 'Hero' tag have an American flag behind it? There were heroes before the USA, there are currently heroes from outside the USA and there most certainly will be heroes long past the USA.

This is a site made by an American, hosted in America, and read in majority by Americans. But certainly, let's be regionally sensitive so we don't offend the brave heroes of Tajikistan.


Well yee-haw to you too, Mr Appropriate Handle Man. Extra points for 3 'Murcas in one sentence!
 
2012-11-02 01:12:59 PM

Plumbledum: HatMadeOfAss: Plumbledum: Bit of a threadjack, but why does the 'Hero' tag have an American flag behind it? There were heroes before the USA, there are currently heroes from outside the USA and there most certainly will be heroes long past the USA.

This is a site made by an American, hosted in America, and read in majority by Americans. But certainly, let's be regionally sensitive so we don't offend the brave heroes of Tajikistan.

Well yee-haw to you too, Mr Appropriate Handle Man. Extra points for 3 'Murcas in one sentence!


Don't mistake a logical response for jingoism. My hat may be made of an ass, but your head is clearly lodged in one. Good day.

/America, FARK YEAH!
 
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