"Like their human comrades, some war dogs can handle combat, and some can't. One Marine Corps explosives dog, a black Lab named Daisy, has found 13 hidden bombs since arriving in Afghanistan in October. Zoom, another Lab, refused to associate with the Marines after seeing one serviceman shoot a feral Afghan dog. Only after weeks of retraining, hours of playing with a reindeer squeaky toy and a gusher of good-boy praise was Zoom willing to go back to work.
"With some Marines, PTSD can be from one terrible event, or a cumulative effect," says Maj. Rob McLellan, 33-year-old operations officer of the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, who trains duck-hunting dogs back home in Green Bay, Wis. Likewise, he says, the stress sometimes "weighs a dog down to the point where the dog just snaps."" LA Times
I am a dog man. I have had dogs all my life starting with a cocker spaniel named "Taffy" when I was three. We are all dog people in my family. I wish there were no animals involved in war. Thank God there are no more horses and mules in all this… Look at the dead horses in the Brady pictures of the Civil War.
The US military now treats these dogs with the kindness due to old comrades. It was not always thus. Bringing the dogs home requires effort, but now they make that effort.
"Gunner" should come back to the US, to a good home where slamming doors will eventually not frighten him anymore. pl