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Rebecca’s War Dog of the Week: A Puppy Postcard from the Royal Australian Air Force

By Rebecca Frankel Best Defense Chief Canine Correspondent Almost exactly one month ago, Osha, a military dog in the RAAF gave birth to 17 (yes, 17!) puppies. The litter, consisting of 11 males and six females, was the largest in the program’s history. But all 17 puppies were born happy and healthy. And, from the ...

CPL Shannon McCarthy/Australian Government
CPL Shannon McCarthy/Australian Government

By Rebecca Frankel
Best Defense Chief Canine Correspondent

Almost exactly one month ago, Osha, a military dog in the RAAF gave birth to 17 (yes, 17!) puppies. The litter, consisting of 11 males and six females, was the largest in the program’s history. But all 17 puppies were born happy and healthy. And, from the photos, it looks like Mama Osha is going to have her paws full…

Rebecca Frankel is senior editor, special projects at Foreign Policy. Her forthcoming book War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love comes out on Oct. 14 from Palgrave Macmillan.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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