Originally posted by Dimitri Dzengalshlevi
But then again, what do armies care? Dogs are just cost-effective units, with numbers instead of names.
I have to take offense to that statement. It is just stupid. Have you ever been around a service dog and handler? Have you seen how handlers and
service dogs interact when they are not on duty?
The dogs that so many of you are pitying are not there for your pity. They are trained from puppies to be conditioned to do a dangerous job. They
are regarded as equal members of the force they support, beit local law enforcement, federal agencies, or military organizations. They are recruited
and have to actually pass tests to be accepted, much like humans do. Not all dogs can be or are selected for service duty. It is a measure to insure
the highest aptitude and resilience in the service dog.
Dogs are an integral part of most of the local and federal enforcement and military because of their keen senses (smell, hearing, sight), their
devotion and unfounded loyalty, and their inate desire to please through action.
While you are pitying the few, look back at the many. All over the world, there are memorials and shrines to war dogs, police dogs, agency dogs. How
many more people would have been lost in the 9-11 collapse without these specially trained service dogs? How many more drug smugglers and human
trafficers would have gone unnoticed nationally and at borders without these 4-legged civil servants? How many more bombs would have gone off and how
many more lives would have been lost throughout history around the world, without these selfless heroes?
I love my dogs. I have had dogs in my life for my entire life. They are absolutely the best pet and friend a person can have. But I dont pity them.
I dont coddle them. I train them, teach them discipline, correct them, praise them, and give them affection. In turn, they give me loyalty,
devotion, protection, and can be quite comical. It is symbiotic, in that we (me the human, them the dog) have agreed to share space for equal return.
I will be no more or less saddened by their death than any other member of my family.
If you really want to help these dogs, then show them strong leadership and quite whining over their trauma. It is the most efficient way to help
them put their past behind them and step bravely forward. That is just a proven fact.