|Wolf of the FiveSibes™ Salutes all K-9 Heroes|
We don't often think of Siberian Huskies as being war dogs. But they were one of the seven breeds of the K-9 Corps. According to History.com, "The K-9 Corps initially accepted over 30 breeds of dogs, but the list was soon narrowed to seven: German Shepherds, Belgian sheep dogs, Doberman Pinschers, Collies, Siberian Huskies, Malamutes, and Eskimo dogs....After basic obedience training, they were sent through one of four specialized programs to prepare them for work as sentry dogs, scout or patrol dogs, messenger dogs or mine-detection dogs. In active combat duty, scout dogs proved especially essential by alerting patrols to the approach of the enemy and preventing surprise attacks."
Each Veterans and Memorial Day, I like to talk about a very special war dog, a Siberian Husky named Buck, who was the U.S. War Dogs Ambassador. Buck crossed the Rainbow Bridge on March 23, 2006. You can read more about Buck in the beautiful book, Buck's Heroes, written by his handler and Vietnam War veteran Johnny Mayo.
For more information on the U.S. War Dogs, visit the United States War Dogs Association.
To read more about the heroic Dogs of 9/11, and see photos of them bravely at work, check out the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) article.
To all our K-9 Heroes - We Salute You.