Stunning Dog Photography #37 Salutes Military Working Dogs

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I thought since everybody was talking about the Navy Seal dog that helped in the raid to get Osama bin Laden, that this week would be a great time to showcase the United States Military Working Dogs and their Handlers, who are risking their lives for our freedom. This is our biggest Stunning Dog Photography yet! Enjoy!

– Kenn

Soldier On Patrol With Dog

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Juan Lopez and his military working dog Cabella, provide security during a patrol in Shoshorak, Helmand province, Afghanistan, March 23, 2011, during Operation Watchtower II. The goal of the operation was to remove Taliban forces from the area (above). Photo By Cpl. Orlando Perez

Special Forces Water Jump

A U.S. Army soldier with the 10th Special Forces Group and his military working dog jump off the ramp of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment during water training over the Gulf of Mexico (above). DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez, U.S. Air Force.

Soldier Carries Dog

Staff Sgt. Erick Martinez, a military dog handler at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, uses an over-the-shoulder carry with his dog, Argo II. This exercise helps build trust, loyalty, and teamwork for Sergeant Martinez and Argo II, who have only been working together for two months (above). Photo By Airman 1st Class Allen Stokes/U.S. Air Force.

Soldier With Dog In Helo

Staff Sgt. Philip Mendoza, 332nd Security Forces Group military working dog handler, pets his MWD Rico, wearing “doggles,” during training aboard a helicopter. The training teaches the team how to safely and properly enter and exit aircraft, and prepares it for future air assault missions (above). Photo By Senior Airman Elizabeth Rissmiller/U.S. Air Force

Afghan Pup

Soldiers adopted this pup in Afghanistan and made him his own sandbag doghouse (above).

Marine On Patrol With Dog

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Cody Richael traverses a wall with a military working dog beside him in the Sangin district of Helmand province, Afghanistan (above). Photo by Lance Cpl. Dexter S. Saulisbury.

Rex Takes A Nap

U.S. Army canine Staff Sgt. Rex and his handler, Staff Sgt. Cully Parr rest before a weapons cache search in Mosul, Iraq, Aug. 25, 2010 (above). Photo by Staff Sgt. Edward Reagan.

Handler And Dog Love Each Other

U.S. Army Sgt. Noah Carpenter shares a moment with Bo, his military working dog partner (above). Photo By Master Sgt. Cohen A. Young.

Dog On Patrol In Grass

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Matthew Ohara and Rocky, an improvised explosive device (IED) detector dog, on patrol in Kajaki, Afghanistan, Oct. 22, 2010. The Marines patrolled the area to deter the placement of IEDs (above). Photo by Cpl. Matthew P. Troyer.

Dog Tooth Surgery

U. S. Navy Lt. Sarita Ojha, 1st Dental Company performs dental work on a black lab named “Taker” while being observed by fellow dentist and veterinarians on Nov. 1, 2010 in Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan. Taker who is a bomb sniffing dog, was brought in to have a root canal done (above). Photo by Sgt Brian A. Lautenslager.

Soldier With Pup

U.S. Army Spc. Ahren Blake, a combat medic, pets a puppy he found that was living with the Afghan National Army Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 201st Infantry Corps at an observation post in the Aziz Khan Kats Mountain Valley range near Jalalabad, Laghman province, Afghanistan, April 15, 2011 (above). Photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Matson.

Dog Rests On Bed

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Cody Whitis, a military working dog handler, and his dog Gracie rest at Forward Operating Base Geronimo, Afghanistan, on April 6, 2011 (above). Photo by Sgt. Earnest Barnes.

Lab Rests In Shade With Handler

A U.S. Marine Corps lance corporal and an improvised explosive device detection dog, Cpl. Kid, rest against a wall after conducting urban operations training during exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Jan. 23, 2011 (above). Photo by Lance Cpl. Ammon W. Carter.

Dog And Handler Patrol

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Patrick Steuber and Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Detection Dog, Cpl. Coal hold security during Operation Godfather in Durzay, Afghanistan, Jan. 15, 2011 (above). Photo by Sgt. Christopher R. Rye.

Soldier Pets Dog

A U.S. Marine pets a dog in a compound during a clearing operation in southern Marjah, Afghanistan, Dec. 2, 2010. The Marines searched for enemy activity and interacted with Afghan citizens (above). Photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn P. Coover.

Soldeir With Dog In Desert

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. JT Eckert sits with his Improvised Explosive Device Detector Dog, Bee, during a security patrol in Kajaki, Afghanistan, on Oct. 29, 2010 (above). Photo by Cpl. Matthew P. Troyer.

Marine Gets Dog Kiss

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. JT Eckert gets a kiss from his Improvised Explosive Device Detector Dog, Bee, during a security patrol in Kajaki, Afghanistan, on Oct. 29, 2010 (above). Photo by Cpl. Matthew P. Troyer.

GSD rests with Soldier

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kayla Wolf and Military Working Dog T-Rex stage in preparation for extraction after conducting clearing operationsin Chesmah, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Jan. 18, 2011 (above). Photo by Cpl. Carol A. Lehman.

Dog Sleeps In Foxhole With Marine

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Grant Schick takes a nap with Lee, an improvised explosive device detection dog, between training events at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Jan. 27, 2011 (above). Photo by Cpl. Nathan McCord.

Comments

  1. Terihawryluk says

    These are some of the most beautiful heart warming photograph’s I have seen in my life. I wish and pray that all the soldier’s and there canine soldier’s, come home safe and sound together, As it should be. Thank you for keeping us safe.

  2. Lovemutts says

    Thank you all for keeping us safe and protecting our Freedom. These photos are just beautiful.

  3. Khbutler2004 says

    I can tell these dogs, working and strays, were comforting to the military folks. Thank God for our military troops, and thank God for dogs!
    Stay safe out there soldiers, airmen, sailors, Marines. Those who are reservists and of course our active duty personnel, human and canine! We Americans love all you Americans!!

  4. Rcpenny2 says

    A dog is the best friend you can ever have. What a comfort these beautiful animals must be to the handler. God protect our boys and their dogs.

  5. MAUREEN10 says

    These truly awesomes pictures of these truly wonderful,brave dogs give their handlers UNCONDITIONAL LOVE TO THEIR HANDLERS JUST BRINGS TEARS TO MY EYES….GOD WILL PROTECT ALL OUR HEROES ..MAM/WOMAN AND DOGS…..XXXXXXXXX

  6. Tpinto1027 says

    Thank you for your hard work and service to our country. May the lord be with you and bring you home safely. In my prayers always.

  7. Sandra Keeran says

    These pictures are amazing and show the love and close bond between the handler and his dog.
    What a horrible place to be but I hope and pray that their dogs make it a little easier to be so far
    from home and in such a dangerous place.  I admire the bravery and strength of all of them.
    Please be safe and come home in one piece.

  8. Scarlet1945 says

    It brought tears to my eyes to see the bond betwen these dogs and their handlers.  You are my heroes and may you all come back safe and sound. Thank you for keeping us safe, you are in my thoughts and prayers!!

  9. DeniseBentley says

    I don’t believe there really are any words that properly describe all the emotions captured in these rare and beautiful photographs, so I will just say thank you for sharing them with us.

  10. Lovemy4preciousboys says

    What a beautiful set of moments that were shown and shared with us! A soldiers’ loyalty and a dog’s loyalty combined with their love for each other reaches beyond what love is capable of. True heroism and patriotism…we love you soldiers….2 legged AND 4 legged! Come home soon and safe!

  11. H18lola says

    Hey Guys and Gals you are all my Hero’s I thank You and your Dogs for keeping me and my Family so safe God Love each and everyone one of you and I hope you ALL make it home safe and sound you are All in my prayers and WE will Never Forget You.  XO

  12. says

    What happens to these dogs when their service is over?  I read somewhere that all the dogs that served in Vietnam were left there when we pulled out.  

  13. says

    What happens to these dogs when their service is over?  I read somewhere that all the dogs that served in Vietnam were left there when we pulled out.  

  14. says

    What happens to these dogs when their service is over?  I read somewhere that all the dogs that served in Vietnam were left there when we pulled out.  

  15. says

    What happens to these dogs when their service is over?  I read somewhere that all the dogs that served in Vietnam were left there when we pulled out.  

  16. says

    What happens to these dogs when their service is over?  I read somewhere that all the dogs that served in Vietnam were left there when we pulled out.  

  17. says

    What happens to these dogs when their service is over?  I read somewhere that all the dogs that served in Vietnam were left there when we pulled out.  




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