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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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2013-05-18 12:06:33 AM

gryf: Forget the breed; it's awfull dusty. It's the personality & bond; not breed accreditations.


This is most important here, yes.
 
2013-05-18 12:24:32 AM
I'm gonna go hug my comparatively stupid dogs.
 
2013-05-18 12:26:42 AM

Xanadone: 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.


And then rub against your free-standing lower leg. And then start eating it.

/but yeah cats are cute
 
2013-05-18 12:38:23 AM
Great.  Another story about a marine corps soldier.  If I ever meet one, I'm going to punch him right straight in the throat.
 
2013-05-18 12:42:18 AM

Pusimikurac: Great.  Another story about a marine corps soldier.  If I ever meet one, I'm going to punch him right straight in the throat.


You disrespect the Core, son.
 
2013-05-18 12:52:30 AM
These threads are always helpful to me, in that I can easily ascertain the people who are not quite worth the five bucks a month to read.
 
2013-05-18 12:55:34 AM

awalkingecho: 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.


So by your standards what is the best breed of dog? Or do you simply want to state there is no "best" breed because you can present an argument against any breed being the best. Short of saying this is the fastest dog, this is the longest living dog or, the much more subjective, this is the kindest dog, what would constitute the best dog?
The answer is not that hard to figure out.
The best dog is the one sleeping at your feet as you argue with a troll on Fark.
 
2013-05-18 01:03:30 AM

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

To be honest we do suck a little.


Not today.
 
2013-05-18 01:04:58 AM

Daedalus27: 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.


There is. You can hop on the next plane for Afghanistan and step on the first IED you can find. Do us all a favor.
 
2013-05-18 01:06:59 AM
Until recently, military dogs were classified as equipment, so it was nearly impossible to adopt one when it was retired.  Fortunately, Congress got their collective heads of of their asses long enough to change that.
 
2013-05-18 01:16:45 AM
Long ago I worked a menial job with a guy who'd been a dog handler for the Army just a couple years after the end of the Viet Nam conflict. When their term of service was up, he said, the dogs were destroyed since there was no peacetime role for which they could be retrained. He was a good guy himself.
 
2013-05-18 01:32:34 AM
http://www.save-a-vet.org/d7/index.php It ain't just for humans.
 
2013-05-18 01:44:09 AM

Daedalus27: 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.


The Elks Association agreed to donate the money to buy another trained dog for the agency.  The agency isn't losing out.
 
2013-05-18 02:06:08 AM
"I promised her, if we made it out of alive, I'd do whatever it took to find her," Gundlach said.

Ten bucks says he's an 1117.
 
2013-05-18 02:12:04 AM

Gyrfalcon: Daedalus27: 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.

There is. You can hop on the next plane for Afghanistan and step on the first IED you can find. Do us all a favor.


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Lachwen: Daedalus27: 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.

The Elks Association agreed to donate the money to buy another trained dog for the agency. The agency isn't losing out.



I realize that, but I just think it is somewhat of a waste of a highly trained dog to sit at home with his owner. The Elks money could have been used to support lots of returning vets or other causes to benefit more lives.  Of course it is their money and they can spend it how they want, and it may raise awareness to bring in further donations and support for war dogs and veterans in need of support adjusting back to civilian life.  I am not upset or angry at the reunion and reuniting these soldiers, but I just can't help but think letting the dog work a bit longer and then when he retires in several years he could have been adopted out to this soldier.
 
2013-05-18 02:22:56 AM
Wait! I'm confused.  Is he a soldier or is he a Marine?  A Marine core soldier maybe?
 
2013-05-18 02:35:43 AM

Sgt Oddball: Yella Labs rock:


Yup. Got one in the family FINALLY! Well, he's half Golden/ half Lab but who cares. The kid is wicked smart, a big goofball and totally lovable.

Your pup is too damn beautiful.
 
2013-05-18 02:37:20 AM

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


I did exactly the same thing when I got home from work. My boys are the sun in my sky.
 
2013-05-18 02:48:22 AM
Yes, and thank you kindly, Whatchamajiggermikurac, North Dakota, for your astonishingly worthwhile comment.

How bout you hike your, uh, self to Wyoming to have a nice little chat with my brother.

I'm sure you'll have quite an illuminating experience.

In the meantime, DJ Kittypie be spinnin' some late night Dog & Butterfly, by Heart.
 
2013-05-18 03:38:32 AM

Facetious_Speciest: Where does the soldier come in?


He's a Marine Core soldier.

/wife typed this
 
2013-05-18 03:51:07 AM

Daedalus27: 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.


It takes a special kind of jerk to troll a dog reunion thread.
 
2013-05-18 04:11:40 AM
I am not trolling, I am dead serious.  The dog is an expensive investment and perhaps he can have a soldiers reunion every year or two using the money he would otherwise be spending on food, vet bills, toys, etc. to visit his partner until he is ready to retire in a few years and then he can adopt him out.  I am sorry if this harshes the feel good nature of the story, but dogs with this kind of training are expensive and in demand.  I am sensitive to this soldiers desires, but he should also examine the good that his partner can still do before he is ready to call it a career and retire to belly rubs and snuggling.
 
2013-05-18 04:18:39 AM

Daedalus27: I am not trolling, I am dead serious.  The dog is an expensive investment and perhaps he can have a soldiers reunion every year or two using the money he would otherwise be spending on food, vet bills, toys, etc. to visit his partner until he is ready to retire in a few years and then he can adopt him out.  I am sorry if this harshes the feel good nature of the story, but dogs with this kind of training are expensive and in demand.  I am sensitive to this soldiers desires, but he should also examine the good that his partner can still do before he is ready to call it a career and retire to belly rubs and snuggling.


So go buy two extra dogs and then your need for social good will be satisfied. WTF? The dog had already left her Marine core work behind and was doing police dog sniffs for Des Moines and has been replaced. There is no net loss to society except that you seem to think there is a finite number of trained dog noses in the universe, or else a quota of dollars that can be spent on acquiring and training bomb dogs per annum. The Marines already retired the pooch, and Des Moines has replacement dog. Nobody is lacking a dog, and there is no gross shortage of bomb-sniffing dogs that I am aware of. They're DOGS not FA-18 attack planes.

If you're not a troll, you're an idiot who apparently doesn't realize it's fairly easy to re-breed a dog.
 
2013-05-18 04:34:10 AM

Daedalus27: I am not trolling, I am dead serious.  The dog is an expensive investment and perhaps he can have a soldiers reunion every year or two using the money he would otherwise be spending on food, vet bills, toys, etc. to visit his partner until he is ready to retire in a few years and then he can adopt him out.  I am sorry if this harshes the feel good nature of the story, but dogs with this kind of training are expensive and in demand.  I am sensitive to this soldiers desires, but he should also examine the good that his partner can still do before he is ready to call it a career and retire to belly rubs and snuggling.


How many tours overseas have you done? How much money have you donated to buy service dogs? What good do you do, other than whine online using your mother's computer?
 
2013-05-18 04:49:57 AM
www.war-dogs.com
 
2013-05-18 06:39:27 AM

crypticsatellite: Very dusty in here.

 
2013-05-18 07:59:36 AM
I've spent the better part of the last hour crying (because I was sad).

I calmed down and came across this and I bawled (because it made my heart feel fuzzy).

I can't wait til I get to my parents' house tonight. I'm gonna hug and love on my dog.

...who am I kidding I was gonna hug and love on him anyway.
 
2013-05-18 08:36:47 AM

OgreMagi: Until recently, military dogs were classified as equipment, so it was nearly impossible to adopt one when it was retired.  Fortunately, Congress got their collective heads of of their asses long enough to change that.


Wow. How did they do that without making it into an Obama victory?
 
2013-05-18 11:23:30 AM
A yellow lab? Who paints their lab yellow? And the fact that he's so obsessed with it is a little creepy. What exactly is he making in there?
 
2013-05-18 11:33:08 AM
Somebody please give that dog a steak, every day for the rest of her life.
 
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