Military Working Dogs: When Given the Command to Attack

Osi, a military working dog with the station Provost Marshal’s Office kennel, runs through water toward a mock aggressor aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Feb. 22. Photo courtesy of Kevin Hanrahan’s website.

“After given the command to attack,” Kevin Hanrahan writes, “Dogs like Osi (in the photo) will do everything in their power to get to their target.”

Kevin picked the photo of Osi charging through water on a training ground as his Military Dog Picture of the Week.

The posting also includes a video that shows military working dog handlers learning first aid to care for their dog if injured during deployment.

Military working dogs – just like troops – are injured and killed in combat. They are no different.  So handlers must train on K9 first aid that could save the life of their dogs.

Military Dog Photo of the Week: Marines and Their Black Labs

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Brandon Mann, a dog handler with Alpha Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, and Ty, an improvised explosive device detection dog. Photo courtesy of Kevin Hanrahan’s website.

Ty and Stormy are the top dogs in Kevin Hanrahan’s Military Dog Photo of the Week.

A native of Arlington, Texas, U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Brandon Mann is the dog handler  for Ty, an improvised explosive device detection dog.

In the photo to the left, Mann sights in with his infantry automatic rifle while providing security in Afghanistan.

Marines and sailors with 1st LAR and India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, conducted clearing and disrupting operations in and around the villages of Sre Kala and Paygel during Operation Highland Thunder in February.

Marines with 1st LAR led the operation on foot, sweeping for enemy weapons and drug caches through 324 square kilometers of rough, previously unoccupied desert and marshland terrain.

Mobile units with1st LAR set up blocking positions and vehicle check points while India Company, 3/3 conducted helicopter inserts to disrupt insurgent freedom of movement.

Stormy, a working dog with the 2nd Battalion 11th Marines Headquarters Battery, takes a break and gets a pat from her owner, Cpl. Bryant Wahlen during a mission in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Military Puppies of the Week in Afghanistan

U.S. Army Spc. Ahren Blake, a combat medic from Clinton, Iowa, with Company D, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Ironman, a part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Task Force Red Bulls, holds two puppies he found at an observation post in the Aziz Khan Kats Mountain Valley range near Jalalabad, Afghanistan, April 15. The puppies have been living with the Afghan National Army Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 201st Infantry Corps, which man the Ops that 3rd Platoon visited.

My continued appreciation for Kevin Hanrahan and his weekly Military Dog of the week photos.

His photos and stories of the military dogs and their handlers have never failed to bring a smile and an occasionally a tear.

I promise you this week, it is all grins and giggles as you scroll through his photos of tough and ready soldiers care and bond with these fuzzy balls of fur and playfulness.

A small puppy wondered up to U.S. Marines from Alpha Company, 1st Battalion 6th Marines, in Marjah, Afghanistan on *****. After following the Marines numorous miles, a soft hearted Marine picked the puppy up and carried the puppy in his drop pouch. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl Charles T. Mabry II)

Military Dog Picture of the Week: Honza Bear

Honza Bear sitting in our tricked-out ride complete with American Flag blanket. Photo courtesy of Kevin Hanrahan.

Why is Honza Bear a favorite of blogger and author Kevin Hanrahan and the readers of his weekly post: military dog picture of the week?

Maybe you love the fact that he spontaneously rolls onto his back, grumbles like a bear and demands to have his belly rubbed.

The photos on Kevin’s blog are dated August 2011. Yet, his weekly email with links to the military dog picture is from today, Aug. 16, 2012.

So, I am unsure of the timing of the following story.

What I am sure of, it is yet another reason why Honza Bear deserves the recognition, he saved a life.

John “hanging” with Bear.

“… Last Friday I was sitting at my desk well past six 6:00 PM so I clicked on a message from John. He and Honza had just been blown to the ground by an improvised explosive device buried into the ground in Afghanistan. Last week, without notice or warning, their life almost ended.”

Honza Bear caught the scent of explosives. His handler John recognized Honza Bear’s signal and stopped short of the explosive, both survived.

I share the story and photos with permission from Kevin Hanrahan.

Military Dog Picture of the Week and Afghanistan Video

Sgt. Anouska, a Tactical Explosive Detection Dog, has just found detonation cord under a T-wall and now stands at attention to let his handler know that he has found some explosives. This was a demonstration showcasing different types of military dogs and their capabilities at International Security Assistance Force Regional Command-South headquarters on Kandahar Air Field.
(Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jimmie Crockett)

Thanks to the generosity and dedication of fellow blogger Kevin Hanrahan – you get a glimpse of the ongoing work and life of military dogs and their trainers.

Kevin posted the photo above of Sgt. Anouska on June 20, 2012. I’m late sharing it, but couldn’t pass it up. The working military dog is so attentive – so intense – reminds me of the focus a new recruit learns in boot camp.

Well done Sgt. Anouska.

Kevin also featured this video from Afghanistan that he described as:  ctually footage of  Working Dog Diego “sniffing it” Khandahar style:

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