Paramus students learn importance of ‘war dogs’

Eighth-grade students at West Brook Middle School in Paramus learned on March 19 about the role dogs play in war, and how man’s best friend can be an amazing bodyguard. Dogs have been used in the United States military for years, and came to prominence during Vietnam, when their heightened senses were used to detect…

Military Dog Advocates Push For New Status For Canines

Currently there are an estimated 2,500 dogs deployed oversees to assist American troops, sent into situations which include detecting explosives and chasing down an enemy while facing combat and gunfire. It is estimated that each military dog saves approximately 150 soldiers during its years of service. Though in past conflicts, such asVietnam, military dogs were…

Navy SEAL’s loyal dog prompts ‘NCIS’ episode

DES MOINES, Iowa — The legend of Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson and his faithful Labrador retriever, Hawkeye, continues to grow. A now-famous photograph of Hawkeye guarding Tumilson’s flag-draped coffin in 2011 inspired this week’s episode of the hit CBS television series “NCIS,” according to one of its executive producers. “It all started with a photograph,”…

Canine battle buddies take bite out of crime

FORT JACKSON, S.C. (Jan. 28, 2009) — Sit, stay and fetch are often the first commands a dog learns; for the Fort Jackson military working dogs and the specialized search dogs these commands are “puppies’ play.” For Guera, Gurda, Gury and Blecky, four of the eight working dogs at Fort Jackson, sniffing out explosives and…