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Rebecca’s War Dog of the Week: New Zealand police dog, Thames, lost then found

A intensive search ensued when three-year-old, New Zealand police dog by the name of Thames went missing on May 3.

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War dog of the week: Off to Nepal

Here is Phayu, an urban search and rescue dog from Fairfax County, Virginia, heading to Nepal with her assistant, Jennifer Massey.

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Rebecca’s War Dog of the Week: The Marine Corps Mascot with the Best Name Ever

This is a gem of postcard find from the Marine Corps Archives — as is it's original caption, titled "Bucking for Sergeant."

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Rebecca’s War Dog of the Week: Camp Lejeune Kennels Named in fallen handler’s honor

In July 2012, Marine Sgt. Joshua Ashley was KIA in Helmand Province, Afghanistan after stepping on an IED during a combat operation. (His dog Sirius was not in the attack.) On March 27, the 2nd Law Enforcement Battalion’s MWD kennel facility at his home station — Camp Lejeune in North Carolina — was named in his honor.

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Rebecca’s War Dog of the Week: Postcard from Ukraine: strays in foxholes, the legacy continues

Over the last year or so, there have been a lot of wire photos coming in from the front lines of fighting in Ukraine showing muddied and embattled soldiers and volunteer fighters sharing a quiet or comforting moment with a stray dog.

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Rebecca’s War Dog of the Week: RIP Sarbi, the Aussie dog who went MIA in Afghanistan and survived

Almost exactly five years ago, we shared a post about Sarbi, a bomb-sniffing dog with the Australian Special Operations Task Group who was went MIA after a Taliban ambush in 2008. (Both Sarbi and her handler, Army Warrant Officer David Simpson, were wounded in the battle.) In a stroke of luck, some 14 months later, a U.S. soldier noticed a black Labrador with a local Afghan villager and even from a distance could see she was no ordinary Afghan hound.

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Rebecca’s War Dog of the Week: The Military had mushers

This past Sunday, the last of the mushers competing in the 2015 Iditarod crossed the finish line in Nome, Alaska. According the the race's official website, each team averages about 16 sled dogs, meaning that "1,000 dogs leave Anchorage for Nome." Tales of dog sled racing are legendary, but the first Iditarod to Nome wasn't that long ago in 1973. But decades before racing dogs were mushing across the tundra, Alaska produced some fine war dogs.

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Rebecca’s War Dog of the Week: A Insider’s Lesson in War-Dog Vocabulary

There are a lot of things one learns quickly when they make introduction to the Military Working Dog community: The first rule, always: Do not approach an MWD — no matter how friendly they might appear from a distance -- unless you have the OK from the handler.

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