On Memorial Day … let us not forget to remember our furry four legged heroes who served in our Armed Forces, too.
Sgt. First Class Russel Minto accurately stated that “..the most valuable part of a war dog … is it’s heart…”
Military Working Dogs (MWDs) are extremely loyal to their handlers and the cause. The rapport between a handler and their dog is truly unforgettable. As a former MWD handler, I would especially like to remember one very, very special furry warrior — Cairo. Cairo is the MWD that helped capture Osama Bin Laden alongside members of America’s elite SEAL Team 6 commandos. Cairo was also probably the first MWD that was highly sought after by the President of the United States, too. It is always tragic for us to hear about those who make the ultimate sacrifice, and some of us dog lovers especially hate to hear about our furry friends dying when they protect us, too.
The MWD is a rare, special and intuitive gift if you have ever had the opportunity to work with one. I wish the military would invest more into the MWD program because it is a valuable one. When dogs and handlers are separated … I believe dogs get very depressed when their handlers die in combat. For instance, Petty Officer Jon T. Tumilson, a Navy SEAL was killed when their helicopter was shot down by Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan. Hawkeye was his canine and was seen collapsing on the floor and heaving a sigh at the funeral and remained there through the service, beside his master for one final time.
Below is a tribute video that was made for our Military Working Dogs who served our Country in an honorable fashion. If you are not a dog lover, and if you believe it is okay to leave your dog in a crate on the roof of your vehicle for long periods of time … then perhaps the below video is not for you.