Month: April 2018

Episode 4: Thirty-One Kilo

Dogs have been officially serving as soldiers in the United States military since World War I. Known as (MWDs) or military working dogs they are trained for a variety of highly specialized tasks and actively contribute to U.S. combat operations. There are about 2,500 war dogs in service today, with about 700 serving at any given time overseas Military working dogs are versatile, highly mobile and have been proven to save the lives of US soldiers in combat.

When examining military working dog teams, an essential aspect that is often overlooked is that of the handler.  I had the opportunity to sit down with some working dog handlers and gain some insight into the significance of this position that the US Army refers to in its MOS listing as 31Kilo

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Episode 3: The Fearless Ones

Africa is known to be the home to the world’s most magnificent wildlife. Endangered animals are slaughtered so that a single body part, like tusks, pelt, or bones, can be sold illegally for massive amounts of money. For example, Rhinoceros horn is so valuable and sought after that it sells for nearly $30,000 a pound. Pangolins, the most trafficked animal in the world, sell for $1000 in parts of Asia.  Deterring this illegal poaching is a massive undertaking and one group is training dog teams to combat poachers in the bush.

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