In our first set of blogs on service dogs, we praise and offer enormous respect to the soldiers who have fur.
For almost as long as wars have been fought, dogs have been serving our country and others. The involvement of dogs in wars dates back to Assyrian times. Temple carvings depict great dogs leading their masters into battle. The use of dogs in war continued into the Middle Ages when the dogs wore coats of mail along with their knights.
In the present day, we still use dogs, although for a very different reason. France began to use rescue dogs during World War I, when the country trained them to search for and rescue wounded men.
The United States set up their canine division, unofficially named “K-9 Corps,” shortly after Pearl Harbor. More than 10,000 dogs from the United States’ K-9 Corps were sent into combat during the height of World War II. To ready them for combat, the dogs were stationed in army camps and underwent a rigorous, 12-week training schedule. The seven breeds most often chosen for duty and have become to be universally known as rescue dog breeds are:
- Belgian shepherds
- German shepherds
- Giant Schnauzers
It is because of these brave soldiers that many lost men are found, rescued and given their lives back.
For more information on service dogs, please look at this website on service war dogs.
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