A dog’s life

Do you ever wonder what sort of equipment our
SEAL Teams use when they deploy on their secret


One thing they use that surprised us is dogs.
And most dogs used by the Navy Seal Teams are
Belgian Malinois.

Similar to a German Shepard, the Malinois is
smaller and more compact. Because they are a
lighter dog, they are better for use in tandem
parachute jumping and rappelling operations.


The dogs are highly trained, carry out a wide
range of duties, and are trained to sniff out
explosives and hostile hidden people.

Being twice as fast as a fit human, it is
senseless to try to outrun them.


These SEAL dogs have video cameras on them and
and enter danger zones first so handlers can
get a look at what lies ahead.

The dogs are fearless, ferocious, and faithful.
They even wear night-vision goggles!


The working dogs even have their own body armor
from K9 Storm, Inc.


These are dogs that cornered Osama Bin Laden,
and set the record for the highest man-dog
parachute deployment at 30,100 feet!

While some may consider this old news, we
believe in giving credit where credit is due.
To all who are serving, or have served, with
two legs or four, we thank you.
Comments are always welcome.


10 Responses to A dog’s life

  1. bill edmond says:

    Take a look at the “WarDog” plaque sometime down at the entrance to the Davenport Dog Park. It was my idea and I paid for half of it. PW Director Mike Clarke (also a veteran) and I wrote the inscription.

    Dogs have been going to war us ever since WWII. We owe them a lot.

  2. cruisin2 says:

    bill edmond,
    we’ll have to check that out next time we’re down that way. We knew dogs have been used for a while, my uncle was a trainer during the Korean War, we just didn’t realize how far the technology had come.

  3. bill edmond says:

    There is a dark side. When the Vietnam war ended, we left all the military dogs behind. That was reprehensible.

  4. davenport resident says:

    There were a lot of reprehensible thing about the Vietnam war. My best friend same age cousin, first Iowan to die in that war. Kid brother, years taking the wounded to the Navy hospital ship.
    And who spoke up for the dogs left behind.
    Shabonee, Tiabi Two and Justice( Just) thank you for the post,

  5. Nitrous55 says:

    Good job, Bill.

  6. very impressive. I had the honor while my DH was serving to pet one of the military dogs…wow…they were all muscle. Very beautiful and intelligent dogs. One time when DH was returning from a mission one of the MP’s dogs just about ripped open one of his friends duffel-bags…the culprit..a sandwich! 😉
    I was appalled to learn that we had left our friends behind in past wars and this one, So I was pleased that has all changed. As a dog owner I know the loyalty first hand and in this setting nothing can beat the love and respect between a soldier and his friend.

  7. cruisin2 says:

    bill edmond,
    That is a shame.

    davenport resident,
    That war affected all of us.

    Glad to hear it changed also.

  8. bitcodavid says:

    MA State Police also use the Malinois. During the year that the Sox curse was broken – 2004, wasn’t it? – the crowd went nuts after one of the post-season games. A cop ended up shooting a girl with a rubber bullet. Although said bullets aren’t considered deadly force, the girl died. It was all over the news. Anyway, I got to go to the game on the night after all this happened, and the cops weren’t happy campers. They were all lined up along both sides of Fenway park, and they had their Malinois out in force. I said to one of the cops – with a smile on my face, BTW – “hey, do you have a saddle for that thing?” He wasn’t amused, but he showed me how their harnesses are rigged with “triggers,” so they can push a button and Fido’s off the chain. He basically said, “I push this, and you’re steak tartar.” 🙂

  9. cruisin2 says:

    Have to admit they are aggressive looking dogs.

  10. bill edmond says:

    When the Veterans Memorial Park was dedicated a couple of years ago, a Davenport cop brought a Malinois police dog to represent military dogs. I knelt down in front of the dog and was rewarded with a big, sloppy kiss. Off duty, most dogs are the same.

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