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The Two Dogs in the Rose Bowl Parade

Animals  (tags: dogs, animalwelfare, GoodNews )

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But in 2000, President Clinton signed a law allowing retired soldiers and civilians to adopt the dogs after their deployments. And today Lucca and her handlers will be riding a float celebrating the work of dogs in the military.

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Donna Hamilton (159)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 7:45 am
These wonderful animals should have pride of place. Noted. Thanks, Jill.

P A (117)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 7:46 am
Wonderful article, Jill! Thanks so much for posting it. The beautiful GSD in the picture lost her left foreleg saving the life of Corporal Rodriguez beside her - and she is now retired with her first handler, and happy - thank God!

When I first heard a few years ago that the military ABANDONED all its lovely, heroic and selfless dogs who had saved so many lives abroad in WWII and subsequent conflicts I was utterly disgusted with the vile people who gave such cruel and inhuman orders. (Hooray for the occasional person who managed to save their dog!).

I am glad to learn that President Clinton signed an order in 2000 enabling people to adopt service dogs at the end of their service - instead of them being murdered abroad or just abandoned left to survive IF they could when they would be the target of all the people who hated the troops.... I hope that every service dog can be successfully rehomed with those who love them.

Barb K (1686)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 9:59 am
God bless their tail-wagging-bomb-nose-sniffing hearts!! All I know for sure is these dogs are too precious to be fighting in battles. TY Jill.

Ruth C (87)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 12:57 pm
Thank you President Clinton for signing the order.

Mary T (178)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 2:40 pm
Thanks Jill for the wonderful article, These dogs are heroes.

Evelyn B (79)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 4:52 pm
Noted Tks. Jill....

MmAway M (505)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 4:56 pm
Thank you Jill ~ Noted with Hugs and Love that you posted this!

Danuta W (1248)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 1:39 am

Ellen m (215)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 3:28 am
Thanks so much for bringing attention to these great canine ambassador's Jilli!

June M (139)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 10:18 am
thanks Jill for sharing ♥

Faye S (23)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 10:29 am
Noted - thank you, Jill!

Christeen A (370)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 12:48 pm
Yea. This was a positive step in the right direction. Thank you.

michelle t (41)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 12:50 pm
I am totallly agianst dogs and animals being caught up in human conflicts.How dare humans invove poor defenceless animals in their stupid battles.

Karin de Vos (0)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 1:33 pm
Thnx for sharing Jill.

Ruth M (235)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 2:08 pm
I'd like to think that all animals used for military purposes can be saved lessons from the past should have been learned one example being War Horses. I'm not in favour of any animals being used as they don't have a choice unlike humans but I'm glad that at least these dogs can be saved and enjoy the remainder of their lives.

Kim O (396)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 2:39 pm
Agreeing with Kye and Ruth. I don't think there's an animal on the planet that wants to go to war. I do appreciate their heroics, even though it's what they were programmed to do. Thanks Jill, I'm glad that the animals do get to have at least some of the life they should've had in the first place.

Natalie V (27)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 2:42 pm

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 3:06 pm
Two hero's which will be celebrated in the Rose bowl parade, Chuck & Lucca, but all of the animals are hero's in their own rights. Thanks Jill for posting!

Ann Breeden (65)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 3:35 pm
A thank you for posting. The use of service dogs and horses go way back. Someone mention WAR Horse but during WW1 there were many people who gave their dogs to help the soldiers, some never to return.
I'm glad that they finally can be brought home and live out their lives in comfort.

Winn A (179)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 3:42 pm

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 4:00 pm
This is just wonderful! Thanks Jill for sharing!

janet f (29)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 5:58 pm
Up to and through the Vietnam War dogs were abandoned when they no longer served a purpose or when troops pulled out. Some of the handlers were emotionally crushed when they had to leave these loyal animals behind. Some owed their lives to these dogs. Thank goodness that has changed.

I only wish the animals that our troops have befriended in the middle east were able to be brought back to the states with them for a reasonable amount of money. There is no logical reason why the US gov't makes this such a difficult and expensive process.

Dianne D (490)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 7:08 pm
That's great news. Animals do so much for us and need to be honored. These dogs did not enlist in the military, but were forced to risk their lives for us. They deserve no less than recognition.

Ingrid A (524)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 8:18 pm
Yes thank you President Clinton. Its noted.

Edgar Z (47)
Monday January 7, 2013, 9:14 am
Super cool. These dogs are true heroes.

Latonya W (82)
Monday January 7, 2013, 9:44 am

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 5:03 pm
Cool :)
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