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Do military working dogs have the power to perform weddings for service members?

Sure they do!

The dog is "Sinbad", the sailor. Sinbad is attached to the U.S. Coast Guard cutter  which had the epic fight with six U-Boats in 12 hours this past winter. Sinbad is a permanent member of the crew and keeps his eye peeled on the convoy, while at sea. He takes life and his responsibilities pretty seriously. He follows the ship's routine rigidly, appears for inspections, answers calls to generals quarters and goes ashore with regular liberty parties. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS
The dog is "Sinbad", the sailor. Sinbad is attached to the U.S. Coast Guard cutter which had the epic fight with six U-Boats in 12 hours this past winter. Sinbad is a permanent member of the crew and keeps his eye peeled on the convoy, while at sea. He takes life and his responsibilities pretty seriously. He follows the ship's routine rigidly, appears for inspections, answers calls to generals quarters and goes ashore with regular liberty parties. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS
The dog is "Sinbad", the sailor. Sinbad is attached to the U.S. Coast Guard cutter which had the epic fight with six U-Boats in 12 hours this past winter. Sinbad is a permanent member of the crew and keeps his eye peeled on the convoy, while at sea. He takes life and his responsibilities pretty seriously. He follows the ship's routine rigidly, appears for inspections, answers calls to generals quarters and goes ashore with regular liberty parties. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

 

Sure they do! The catch is that the marriage is only recognized by dogs.

Photo credit: ♪_Lisa_♪/Flickr

 

Sure they do! The catch is that the marriage is only recognized by dogs.

Photo credit: ♪_Lisa_♪/Flickr

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. Twitter: @tomricks1

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