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(AP)   Salute, Eddie. After saving the lives of a dozen U.S. Army patrol members and countless people in an Afghan village, Eddie the IED sniffing Belgian Malinois dog will retire with full military honors   (hosted.ap.org) divider line 42
    More: Hero, Belgian Malinois, U.S. Army, Afghans, MacDill Air Force Base, patrols, villages  
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2014-04-11 02:23:10 PM  
This hero tag is so overused the stories are not worth clicking on any more.

It's a dog.
 
2014-04-11 02:36:08 PM  

Gentoolive: This hero tag is so overused the stories are not worth clicking on any more.

It's a dog.


A dog that saved many, many lives by being a faithful companion and doing his job.  More than alot of human soldiers do.  And by the way - what have you done lately to save a life?
 
2014-04-11 02:57:23 PM  
Arguably, by saving the lives of US soldiers, the dog condemned many more Afghani civillians.

Would you call it heroic to save the life of an abortionist, or the life of a certain Austrian boy in 1900?
 
2014-04-11 03:34:32 PM  
Limbaugh outraged that they honoured a foreigner.
 
2014-04-11 04:02:11 PM  
This dog deserves filet mignon
 
2014-04-11 04:14:55 PM  

It's Me Bender: Arguably, by saving the lives of US soldiers, the dog condemned many more Afghani civillians.

Would you call it heroic to save the life of an abortionist, or the life of a certain Austrian boy in 1900?


8/10
 
2014-04-11 04:46:28 PM  
I hope Eddie doesn't suffer from PTSD and bite a child or end up homeless.
 
2014-04-11 04:51:35 PM  
timebusinessblog.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-04-11 04:52:00 PM  
And a cop will shoot him in 3...2...1...
 
2014-04-11 05:14:56 PM  
/salute
 
2014-04-11 05:16:54 PM  
The dog is one of mankind's greatest inventions.
 
2014-04-11 05:17:56 PM  
Wow,...

So, he's not just a talented actor and comedian!

www.dogguide.net
 
2014-04-11 05:18:12 PM  

Claude the Dog: The dog is one of mankind's greatest inventions.


Biased much?
 
2014-04-11 05:21:34 PM  
Who's a good dog?
 
2014-04-11 05:23:04 PM  
Good doggy!
 
2014-04-11 05:24:44 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Gentoolive: This hero tag is so overused the stories are not worth clicking on any more.

It's a dog.

A dog that saved many, many lives by being a faithful companion and doing his job.  More than alot of human soldiers do.  And by the way - what have you done lately to save a life?


Put the tard on ignore. It's been threadshiatting all day.
 
2014-04-11 05:25:27 PM  
Here's wishing Eddie lots of b*tches.
 
2014-04-11 05:26:28 PM  
"100 percent, sitting on the couch, playing with toys, sleeping in the bed."

Sounds good. I'm in!
 
2014-04-11 05:28:23 PM  

Gig103: I hope Eddie doesn't suffer from PTSD and bite a child or end up homeless.


A lot of those dogs DO come back with genuine PTSD.  Not to mention their handler changes every year.

I met a retired military dog that had been in both Iraq and A-stan.  Poor thing is all sorts of messed up in the head.
 
2014-04-11 05:29:11 PM  
See, this is why you use a Malinois, not some stupid cocker spaniel named Bullwinkle.

/obscure?
 
2014-04-11 05:30:44 PM  

Gentoolive: This hero tag is so overused the stories are not worth clicking on any more.

It's a dog.


Well, you'll be farkied as "fark for brains"
 
2014-04-11 05:32:30 PM  

BizarreMan: 8/10


Eh, not really.  Too over the top.   Mentioning Hitler and abortion in the same sentence, in a thread that isn't about either, is ridiculous even by Fark standards.

My first sentence was serious, though.  The dog didn't drag a child out of a burning building.  It's just a creature that helps one side avoid getting killed while trying to kill the other side.  If the Taliban have a dog that warns them about incoming US gunships, does it get the Hero tag too?
 
2014-04-11 05:33:27 PM  

It's Me Bender: Arguably, by saving the lives of US soldiers, the dog condemned many more Afghani civillians.

Would you call it heroic to save the life of an abortionist, or the life of a certain Austrian boy in 1900?


They see me trollin, they hatin...
 
2014-04-11 05:46:15 PM  

It's Me Bender: BizarreMan: 8/10

Eh, not really.  Too over the top.   Mentioning Hitler and abortion in the same sentence, in a thread that isn't about either, is ridiculous even by Fark standards.

My first sentence was serious, though.  The dog didn't drag a child out of a burning building.  It's just a creature that helps one side avoid getting killed while trying to kill the other side.  If the Taliban have a dog that warns them about incoming US gunships, does it get the Hero tag too?


Yes, dumbass.

All dogs do is what they are told to do, and they do it for pure love and the joy of doing it. The trainer/handler's motives may be evil; the dog never can be.

All dogs are heroes.
 
2014-04-11 05:52:06 PM  
Good dog!

But, don't try to pet him without express permission from his handler. Working/bomb sniffing dogs aren't always the most people friendly.
 
2014-04-11 06:04:07 PM  

iheartscotch: Good dog!

But, don't try to pet him without express permission from his handler. Working/bomb sniffing dogs aren't always the most people friendly.


Good advice for any dog, actually.  I always ask the owner/handler, "May I pet?" before reaching.  Even if the dog is desperately trying to do whatever it thinks might make me want to pet it.
 
2014-04-11 06:09:44 PM  

Gig103: I hope Eddie doesn't suffer from PTSD and bite a child or end up homeless.

or end up an alcoholic in some homeless pound, after that b*tch takes the litter and splits.

/it's a dog, it does what it's told so it can get a biscuit or a pat on the head. they are not heroes.

 
2014-04-11 06:23:43 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Good advice for any dog, actually. I always ask the owner/handler, "May I pet?" before reaching.


I had a little kid (5, 6...maybe 7 years old) ask me "Does your dog bite?" He doesn't, but I figured that no one's ever been sued because their dog DIDN'T bite someone. So I tell the kid "Yeah, he bites." The kid reaches out to pet Buddy. So I said "Hey! He bites!". The kid hesitates for half a tick, then reaches out again, to pet my dog. At that point, I snapped at him "Are you learning impaired! I JUST told you he bites! What is wrong with you???" His dad starts lookin' at me like I'm the asshole...


Another time, I took Buddy to a local diner, so I could get breakfast. I had Buddy tied up outside, about 15 feet from the front door. As I'm eating my hash browns and whatnot, I look out the window, and see some random dude and his girl walk up and just start petting my dog. Good thing Buddy doesn't bite, but THEY didn't know that. They just approached a strange dog, and shoved their hands in his face. He didn't bite 'em, but if he had, I'd blame the person assaulting an unknown dog, before I'd blame a dog for getting defensive when approached and handled by strangers.
 
2014-04-11 06:31:52 PM  
The truest, most important thing I know about dogs I learned from Peanuts when I was 5 and got my first dog:

www.sopwithproductions.com
 
2014-04-11 06:33:31 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: Benevolent Misanthrope: Good advice for any dog, actually. I always ask the owner/handler, "May I pet?" before reaching.

I had a little kid (5, 6...maybe 7 years old) ask me "Does your dog bite?" He doesn't, but I figured that no one's ever been sued because their dog DIDN'T bite someone. So I tell the kid "Yeah, he bites." The kid reaches out to pet Buddy. So I said "Hey! He bites!". The kid hesitates for half a tick, then reaches out again, to pet my dog. At that point, I snapped at him "Are you learning impaired! I JUST told you he bites! What is wrong with you???" His dad starts lookin' at me like I'm the asshole...


Another time, I took Buddy to a local diner, so I could get breakfast. I had Buddy tied up outside, about 15 feet from the front door. As I'm eating my hash browns and whatnot, I look out the window, and see some random dude and his girl walk up and just start petting my dog. Good thing Buddy doesn't bite, but THEY didn't know that. They just approached a strange dog, and shoved their hands in his face. He didn't bite 'em, but if he had, I'd blame the person assaulting an unknown dog, before I'd blame a dog for getting defensive when approached and handled by strangers.


Some people are just plain stupid.
 
2014-04-11 06:43:37 PM  

bigbobowski: Gig103: I hope Eddie doesn't suffer from PTSD and bite a child or end up homeless.

or end up an alcoholic in some homeless pound, after that b*tch takes the litter and splits.

/it's a dog, it does what it's told so it can get a biscuit or a pat on the head. they are not heroes.


Your slashy makes me think you didn't realize I was posting tongue-in-cheek.
 
2014-04-11 06:47:20 PM  
That's a dog that deserves a steak a day for the rest of his life.  Even if he's gotta gum it.  And when he dies, cremate him, and spread his ashes on a steak.  Then bury it.

That's a good dog.
 
2014-04-11 07:02:42 PM  
A family that lived near us got to keep their Marine Malinois after he was retired.

Now, that was a great dog. He loved the kids on the block. He loved getting warm fuzzies from strangers and friends.

But he did have this protective side...I always was wary of getting too close to his owner (who was also his military handler). AFAIK, nothing untoward ever happened on the block...

...but, as others have mentioned, it's never a good idea to stick your face in a strange dog's business.
/my first MIL had a German Shepherd that tried to eat my arm.
 
2014-04-11 07:02:49 PM  
Best use of the hero tag, ever.
 
2014-04-11 07:15:30 PM  

Martin The Mess: See, this is why you use a Malinois, not some stupid cocker spaniel named Bullwinkle.

/obscure?


can a Malinois find a body part that rhymes with "peered senis"?
 
2014-04-11 07:16:25 PM  

Breygon: Martin The Mess: See, this is why you use a Malinois, not some stupid cocker spaniel named Bullwinkle.

/obscure?

can a Malinois find a body part that rhymes with "peered senis"?


"pevered"

/thrice damned autocorrect
 
2014-04-11 07:20:19 PM  

Gentoolive: This hero tag is so overused the stories are not worth clicking on any more.

It's a dog.


"It's a dog" is one of those things that thoughtless people confuse for reasoning. It's simply a re-statement of fact attached to no reasoning of any kind.

Show me where it says that the hero tag is species specific. Go on, show me.
 
2014-04-11 10:09:25 PM  

It's Me Bender: Arguably, by saving the lives of US soldiers, the dog condemned many more Afghani civillians.

Would you call it heroic to save the life of an abortionist, or the life of a certain Austrian boy in 1900?


Troll level: Master
 
2014-04-11 10:53:46 PM  

bigbobowski:

/it's a dog, it does what it's told so it can get a biscuit or a pat on the head. they are not heroes.



Actually, dogs can be quite complicated:

Dogs and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
By ANAHAD O'CONNOR
December 1, 2011, 4:07 pm
New York Times


By some estimates, more than 5 percent of the roughly 650 military dogs deployed by American combat forces are coming down with what researchers call canine PTSD, reports James Dao in The New York Times.

Like humans with the analogous disorder, different dogs show different symptoms. Some become hyper-vigilant. Others avoid buildings or work areas that they had previously been comfortable in. Some undergo sharp changes in temperament, becoming unusually aggressive with their handlers, or clingy and timid. Most crucially, many stop doing the tasks they were trained to perform.

It's not just military dogs. According to the article, a growing number of behaviorists say canine PTSD is also being seen in household pets that experience car accidents and other traumatic events.

-- http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/01/dogs-and-post-traumatic-stre s s-disordee
 
2014-04-11 11:30:45 PM  

Crass and Jaded Mother Farker: Wow,...

So, he's not just a talented actor and comedian!

[www.dogguide.net image 402x365]


That dog's name is Moose. He died in 2006.
 
2014-04-12 02:05:40 PM  
KidneyStone:


Another time, I took Buddy to a local diner, so I could get breakfast. I had Buddy tied up outside, about 15 feet from the front door. As I'm eating my hash browns and whatnot, I look out the window, and see some random dude and his girl walk up and just start petting my dog. Good thing Buddy doesn't bite, but THEY didn't know that. They just approached a strange dog, and shoved their hands in his face. He didn't bite 'em, but if he had, I'd blame the person assaulting an unknown dog, before I'd blame a dog for getting defensive when approached and handled by strangers.


Maybe, like most people who have been raised around dogs, they were able to read the dog's temperment. Having spend the majority of my life around dogs, I can tell if they are really friendly and want you to pet them, or if they seem anxious and unsure about you. And most of those, if you offer the back of your hand for a sniff (as long as you don't shove it in their face) warm up pretty quick. I've had several instances of a loose dog running at me, and I can quickly tell if the animal is agressive, or is "Oh look! someone new to play with!". I've grabbed many a loose dog for their owners.

But if for some reason I did get bit for approaching an unknown dog, I would consider it my own damn fault.
 
2014-04-12 02:20:23 PM  

KidneyStone: Gig103: I hope Eddie doesn't suffer from PTSD and bite a child or end up homeless.

A lot of those dogs DO come back with genuine PTSD.  Not to mention their handler changes every year.

I met a retired military dog that had been in both Iraq and A-stan.  Poor thing is all sorts of messed up in the head.


Can't hold a job. Gets in fights. Abuses alchohol and pain killers. Collects far too many weapons....
 
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