Rebecca's War Dog of the Week


Rebecca’s War Dog of the Year: I’m off to Phoenix next week to adopt Dyngo

Lilo’s note was straightforward: "Hey Rebecca, would you like to adopt DYNGO?"

U.S. Marine Cpl. Kyle Click, a dog handler with 3rd Platoon, Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and 22-year-old native of Grand Rapids, Mich., shares a moment with Windy, an improvised explosive device detection dog, while waiting to resume a security patrol here, Feb. 27, 2012. On deployment in Helmand province’s Garmsir district, the ‘America’s Battalion’ dog handlers and their improvised explosive device detection dogs live, travel and work together. In a combat environment largely devoid of the safety and comforts of home, the energetic Labrador retrievers are neither pets nor expendable objects. They’re faithful friends and saviors of Marines. Since arriving here in November, IED detection dogs have found four drug caches and two IEDs.

WDotW: Actually, No, There Are No Military Dogs Left Behind

Best of Best Defense: Number 11 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on September 19, 2014.


Rebecca’s War Dog of the Week: Dyngo in D.C. on Pope Patrol

This week, Staff Sgt. Nofo Lilo and military dog Dyngo were in D.C. on a special detail — pope patrol.


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."

A fighters of the Ukrainian Donbass volunteer battalion holds a puppy with a colar featuring colors of the Ukrainian flag on March 17, 2015 during a farewell ceremony in the center of Kiev before their departure for the east of the country to take part in anti-terrorists operation (ATO). Three soldiers were killed and five injured in eastern Ukraine, an army spokesman said on March 17, further undermining a month-old ceasefire between government forces and pro-Russian separatists.  AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY        (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

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.


Rebecca’s War Dog of the Week: Portrait of a Confederate Soldier and His Dog

Though we know it is a photo from the Civil War, no other date is assigned to it.

DMITROV, RUSSIA - JANUARY 30: Training of military cynologists in dogs nursery 'Red Star' in Knyazhevo village about 80 km away from Moscow on January 30, 2015 in Dmitrov, Russia. (Photo by Pyotr Kassin/Kommersant Photo via Getty Images).

Rebecca’s War Dog of the Week: Training war pups in Russia

It's hard to say, or even guess, what kind of training exercise these puppies were in the midst of when this photo was taken but they both look very in tune on their handler.

circa 1811:  Emperor Napoleon I of France (1769 - 1821), known as Bonaparte. Original Artwork: Painting by Edouard Detaille  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Rebecca’s WDotW: Napoleon’s Poignant Reflection of a Dog He Encountered During War

This week marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and news sites have been flush with pieces about the polarizing figure at the center of this historic event, Napoleon Bonaparte who, two centuries later, still provokes controversy and heated debates.


A pre-war dog

Our war dog of the week is an Army pup, seen here in maneuvers before World War II.


A New Bill Requires DoD to Bring Retired War Dogs Abroad to the U.S.

DoD isn't required to pay for the transport of retired war dogs overseas back to the United States. A new bill would change that.


War Dog of the Week: Those daring young pups in their flying machines

It is a bit hard to see at first, but these World War I aviators have a little dog with them.


Rebecca’s War Dog of the Week: ‘Guardians of the Night,’ an ode to MWDs

I have heard it read in ceremonies and seen it quoted at the beginning of books. It is branded on t-shirts and emblems, posted on K-9 police and other working dog websites. It is referenced again and again, over and over, familiar to most in the military working dog world.


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.

Nepal earthquake relief effort gets needed supplies from US Air Force

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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