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(Omaha World Herald)   Marine gets a surprise reunion with his partner in combat after 333 days apart. That partner? A yellow lab whom the soldier promised he'd look up after getting home   (omaha.com) divider line 80
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2013-05-17 07:44:00 PM
For some reason stories about service members being reunited with animals makes my office all dusty.
 
2013-05-17 07:48:28 PM
Nice.
 
2013-05-17 08:26:34 PM
Damn Iowa, you do not suck.
 
2013-05-17 09:14:41 PM
Very dusty in here.
 
2013-05-17 09:25:34 PM

crypticsatellite: Very dusty in here.

 
2013-05-17 09:30:32 PM

cmunic8r99: crypticsatellite: Very dusty in here.


And who rubbed onions on my glasses?
 
2013-05-17 10:01:19 PM
Dammit.

I must be allergic to dogs. My eyes are watery.
 
2013-05-17 10:14:39 PM

violentsalvation: Damn Iowa, you do not suck.


To be honest we do suck a little.
 
2013-05-17 10:16:26 PM
Soldier?
 
2013-05-17 10:17:06 PM
Well, if you make a promise to a dog, you really need to reconsider the rules by which you measure and weigh reality
 
2013-05-17 10:19:11 PM
 
2013-05-17 10:21:30 PM

crypticsatellite: Very dusty in here.


Corn pollen, really really high corn pollen count today.

/My home state did good
//Semper Fido?
 
2013-05-17 10:22:07 PM
I just watched a horrific documentary about a North Korean labor camp and came to the interwebs in search of something to cheer me up and restore my faith in humanity. This story did both. Thank you subby.
 
2013-05-17 10:23:46 PM
fark you, cat lovers!
 
2013-05-17 10:24:23 PM
FTFA:
"I promised her if we made it out of alive, I'd do whatever it took to find her," Gundlach said.

Alive? Alive ain't no country I ever heard of. Do they speak English in Alive?
 
2013-05-17 10:24:36 PM
I had to give my two Labs a hug just now on general principles. World's best dogs...bar none.
 
2013-05-17 10:29:10 PM

ArkAngel: cmunic8r99: crypticsatellite: Very dusty in here.

And who rubbed onions on my glasses?


THIS.
 
2013-05-17 10:29:13 PM
Great story.
 
2013-05-17 10:32:02 PM
t1.gstatic.com
 
2013-05-17 10:32:10 PM
 
2013-05-17 10:34:07 PM
Very cool story. Kudos to all involved.
 
2013-05-17 10:35:05 PM

Stone Meadow: I had to give my two Labs a hug just now on general principles. World's best dogs...bar none.


Subjective entirely to dog and owner.
 
2013-05-17 10:36:56 PM
Where does the soldier come in?
 
2013-05-17 10:38:50 PM
wow. braindead did something nice for a regular person?

good for guy. good for dog. good good good
 
2013-05-17 10:42:16 PM
Yella Labs rock:

imageshack.us

imageshack.us
 
2013-05-17 10:44:05 PM

awalkingecho: Stone Meadow: I had to give my two Labs a hug just now on general principles. World's best dogs...bar none.

Subjective entirely to dog and owner.


I think he means labrador retrievers in general.  Which, given that they're the most popular pet and service dogs and often used in other roles where other breeds are technically more suited (like drug/bomb sniffing) is kinda hard to argue with.

//And they're, like, popular  intentionally, whereas some other common breeds are just impossible to get rid of the breeds due to suitability to the stray lifestyle, like pit bulls.
//Golden retrievers are nicer, but a lot more fragile.
 
2013-05-17 10:45:10 PM

awalkingecho: Stone Meadow: I had to give my two Labs a hug just now on general principles. World's best dogs...bar none.

Subjective entirely to dog and owner.


Not quite. On both sides of the pond the Lab is far and away the most popular breed of dog. TWICE as popular as number two.
 
2013-05-17 10:46:12 PM

Stone Meadow: most popular


!= best
 
2013-05-17 10:47:08 PM

Jim_Callahan: awalkingecho: Stone Meadow: I had to give my two Labs a hug just now on general principles. World's best dogs...bar none.

Subjective entirely to dog and owner.

I think he means labrador retrievers in general.  Which, given that they're the most popular pet and service dogs and often used in other roles where other breeds are technically more suited (like drug/bomb sniffing) is kinda hard to argue with.

//And they're, like, popular  intentionally, whereas some other common breeds are just impossible to get rid of the breeds due to suitability to the stray lifestyle, like pit bulls.
//Golden retrievers are nicer, but a lot more fragile.


Yep...THIS. (Source)
 
2013-05-17 10:49:07 PM

Awesome T-Shirt: Here's a video:
http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1659202322001?bckey= AQ ~~,AAAACEbKvHE~,5m5Ggw-NA2sod2ajNs6FfXABIMNFomry&bctid=2390157135001


that was great.
thanks
 
2013-05-17 10:50:25 PM

flamingboard: violentsalvation: Damn Iowa, you do not suck.

To be honest we do suck a little.


Yeah, we've got, well, never mind.  Not going to drag politics into this.  I bet Casey's one happy puppy now, back with her human.
 
2013-05-17 10:52:17 PM
FTA--"I wouldn't be here ... any kids I ever had wouldn't exist if Casey hadn't been here," he said.

Here's your Butterfly Effect in full attack mode.
 
2013-05-17 10:52:30 PM

gaslight: fark you, cat lovers!


I love my cats, but I have to admit, if a cat were capable of detecting an IED, it would probably sit back and watch it blow you to bloody little bits.
 
2013-05-17 10:54:25 PM

Omahawg: wow. braindead did something nice for a regular person?

good for guy. good for dog. good good good


Wow. Here you are and it's not a boob thread? Go figure.
 
2013-05-17 10:57:16 PM
Nice story. I love dogs and the people who love dogs.
 
2013-05-17 10:58:37 PM

awalkingecho: Stone Meadow: most popular

!= best


IMO being the most popular is a reasonable proxy for "best". If you disagree, by all means offer your rationale for another breed.
 
2013-05-17 11:00:57 PM

Stone Meadow: being the most popular is a reasonable proxy for "best".


If you really just simplified life to popularity contests, there isn't any reason to even have this discussion with you because you are in a junior high school mindset.
 
2013-05-17 11:07:59 PM

awalkingecho: Stone Meadow: being the most popular is a reasonable proxy for "best".

If you really just simplified life to popularity contests, there isn't any reason to even have this discussion with you because you are in a junior high school mindset.


So in other words, you are completely incapable of defending your point and instead resort to ad hominem attacks. Figures.
 
2013-05-17 11:08:29 PM
Catfight!
 
2013-05-17 11:11:42 PM
These stories always get to me.

At least we're bringing them home this time, not just writing them off as equipment to be dumped on the locals (and into their cookpots) like we did in Vietnam.
 
2013-05-17 11:12:27 PM

awalkingecho: Stone Meadow: being the most popular is a reasonable proxy for "best".

If you really just simplified life to popularity contests, there isn't any reason to even have this discussion with you because you are in a junior high school mindset.


Now you're being pedantic.  In this case, popularity is a very good default choice for judging best.
 
2013-05-17 11:15:14 PM

Stone Meadow: So in other words, you are completely incapable of defending your point and instead resort to ad hominem attacks. Figures.


My point defends itself; popularity is not a measure of worth. It's a measure of subjective opinion over a given section of the population. It has no bearing on actual innate quality.

All domesticated dogs are the same species; canis lupis familiaris. Popularity of a given breed simply speaks to the desirability of the traits, physical or personality-based, among the people polled. 

That doesn't mean those traits are best. I could take a survey here on Fark and poll favorite eye and hair colors, or favorite band; the frontrunners are not going to be "better" than the other choices. Everything has its own intrinsic value and it is indeed in the eye of the beholder in this case. 

I'm happy for you that your dog breed is much beloved. To say that it is the best is simply an opinion that you share with other people, but an opinion nonetheless.
 
2013-05-17 11:16:11 PM

andyourdog2: It's really dusty here too.

http://www.ksdk.com/news/article/380973/28/Marine-and-dog-reunited-a ft er-tour-in-Afghanistan


The best part of that video was that the dog didn't care. Did NOT expect that.
 
2013-05-17 11:17:29 PM

Sandwyrm: Now you're being pedantic.  In this case, popularity is a very good default choice for judging best.


No, I was being a bit brash. Being pedantic would be correcting/educating someone in a display of knowledge, or aruging semantics.

^
/pedantic
 
2013-05-17 11:17:57 PM

Jim_Callahan:  
//Golden retrievers are nicer, but a lot more fragile.


Agreed. Annabelle the Destroyer ( my golden) is sidelined with a hyperextended wrist. And her second splint after she broke her first one in just 4 days.
 
2013-05-17 11:23:43 PM

tenpoundsofcheese: Awesome T-Shirt: Here's a video:
http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1659202322001?bckey= AQ ~~,AAAACEbKvHE~,5m5Ggw-NA2sod2ajNs6FfXABIMNFomry&bctid=2390157135001

that was great.
thanks


Wow! You're actually a really good guy and just pretend to be a paid shill. Fark is weird.
 
2013-05-17 11:30:32 PM

cmunic8r99: crypticsatellite: Very dusty in here.


Yep

Phrozen
/ O.O
 
2013-05-18 12:04:55 AM
2.bp.blogspot.com

*sniffles*
 
2013-05-18 12:06:06 AM
Forget the breed; it's awfull dusty. It's the personality & bond; not breed accreditations.
 
2013-05-18 12:06:06 AM
While I am happy that the soldier was reunited with his partner, he is denying the use of the trained dog in an important role so he can go chase squirels and get his belly rubbed.  I am a dog lover as much as the next guy, but perhaps he could have visited his companion from time to time and let them continue to be of valuable service to the community in explosive detection.  The mean streets of Des Moines are a far cry from Afghanistan so although somewhat risky, it is still preaty cushy duty as far as a bomb sniffing dog goes. Now if it will help his transition to civilian life that is a consideration, but it was not an insignificant expense to train a replacement animal. I am happy for him and the dog, but I can't help but think there would be a better solution available.
 
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