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Black Labs Join Soldiers to Help Ease Combat Stress

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: usa, military, troops, combat stress, dogs, labradors, therapy )

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MELVILLE, N.Y. -- Sgts. 1st Class Budge and Boe have gone to Iraq. Neither has a last name. The black Labrador retrievers are officially enlisted in the Army as the first therapy dogs for soldiers in combat. Stationed with the combat-stress units in


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Chrissy N (118)
Sunday January 27, 2008, 9:55 pm

Lorie Grefski (33)
Monday January 28, 2008, 12:24 pm
I understand the thinking behind this, but I can't help but worry about the dogs. Is it really okay to expose them to extremely loud noise (even with the conditioning) and put them in harm's way? I'm not sure what to think about this...

Gregory A Reece (4)
Monday January 28, 2008, 3:45 pm
This is great for the Troops. Now we need to bring them home . I agree about noise such affecting the dogs. After reading the whole story, this isn't the first time this was done. Also they will be in Hospital areas

Karen M (176)
Monday January 28, 2008, 3:54 pm
That's great, but some soldiers would sooner hurt an animal than be nice to it. It's a wonderful idea. Also, the people I've spoken to who have gone into the military describe the numbing that happens to their sensitivity out of necessity when in that environment. I don't think that's so good for the dogs.

Ratty Ratman (160)
Monday January 28, 2008, 4:42 pm

Let's just end the war and stop others from starting in the first place and then there won't be any need to do this in the first place.

Neither our soldiers or the dogs should be there.

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Lorie Grefski (33)
Monday January 28, 2008, 5:02 pm
There ya go!! I agree with Ratty!

The men shouldn't be there and neither should the dogs. Bring them all home and problem solved. :)

Minna C (35)
Monday January 28, 2008, 7:50 pm
So now dogs have to enlist to be allowed to be with soldiers? You may recall news stories a while ago about dogs adoptedted by units In Iraq and Afghanastan, and the great difficulties overcome to get them taken home to the US with someone. There was a best selling book about getting actual working dogs home.... Well, the Army's response to all that was to outlaw troops having any pets at all while deployed. Shows real heart, doesn't it.

Anita B (69)
Tuesday January 29, 2008, 3:59 am
I have mixed feelings on this subject, regarding sending dogs into a "War Zone" country; yet, believe greatly that dogs have a strong sense of "Healing Power" within certain situation. War torn countries, perhaps is not the situation they should be placed in but would be of great help to "War Shoulders" when they return home.

Eva J (0)
Tuesday January 29, 2008, 7:43 pm
I also have mixed feelings...but should we also consider that the most difficult dogs to place from a
shelter are the male black dogs... No doubt these dogs will show what they can do and the love that
they are able to show our boys and gals over there when we at home feel so helpless. I am an animal
lover...may we pray for all of our "shoulders...human and animal?"
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