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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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Good Mr. Spock dog, evil Mr. Spock dog

Tom Ricks shares one of his favorite dog photos.

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Two worried dogfaces

Tom Ricks tries out war dog of the week.

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More space dogs: Spock and his evil twin. Plus, Rebecca’s hideout is discovered!

The dogs’ mother, Elissa, reports that, “They are Mini Schnauzers. Good Spock is Sweetie, and Evil Spock is Fritz. They are 4, turning 5 in ...

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Space dogs of the week

Tom Ricks finds a space dog of the week.

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Rebecca’s War Dog of the Week: Postcard: Ukraine’s Special Forces Dogs

By Rebecca Frankel Best Defense Chief Canine Correspondent Our eyes may be directed to other parts of the world this week, but fighting in east ...

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