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Camp Pendleton Marine Finds Strength In Furry Companion

From I Marine Expeditionary Force:

While deployed to Afghanistan, Cpl. Joey Nunez experienced one the most dangerous events of his life. However, he is forever grateful that his companion, Vicky, was with him.

Nunez, a military working dog handler with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, was wounded during a patrol. He said that having his dog by his side helped him calm down and keep the situation under control.

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Kidnapped Service Dog Returned To Iraq War Veteran (Video)

Iraq War veteran Blanka Stratford was catching a quick bite with friends Saturday when someone snatched her service dog, Spencer, from her car. Fortunately, Spencer and Stratford have been reunited after she offered a $2,000 reward for his return.

Stratford told CNN she was making a cross-country trip from her home in Massachusetts to visit friends in Houston when everything went awry. A split-second decision to leave Spencer in ...

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Military Dog POW Fed Diet Of Kebab, Say Taliban Captors (Video)

A military working dog apparently is in good health and being fed a diet of kebab, according to statement released by the dog's captors — the Taliban, according to Stars and Stripes.

The Taliban captured the Belgian Malinois on Dec. 23, 2013. The Sunday Times reports the dog was nabbed during a British special forces raid that went awry when the Taliban was supposedly tipped off beforehand:

Capt. Richard Holloway ...

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Veterans' Service Dogs To Get Free Veterinary Care

Veterans with service canines can now get free pet health insurance for their dogs through a Veterans Affairs Department program. The insurance will cover virtually all medical costs for the dogs.

The Military Times reports the VA has contracted with pet health insurance company Trupanion to cover the veterans' cost for preventative care, emergency care, and medications.

To qualify, the dogs must be certified by the VA as service dogs ...

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Marine Family Grieves Over Death Of Retired Military Dog (Video)

Chaak was a military working dog who spent 11 years in the Marine Corps.

According to the Yuma Sun, Chaak performed heroically during his service, sniffing out 20 improvised explosive devices and saving the lives of the Marines who could have been injured by those IEDs.

Sgt. Daniel Cornier was Chaak's handler. He adopted the Belgian Malinois when the Chaak retired at Camp Pendleton in 2011.

(Cornier and Chaak ...

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San Diego Shelters Offering Discounted Cost Pet Adoptions To Veterans

In honor of Veterans Day, the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, and the San Diego County Department of Animal Services, are offering 50 percent off adoption fees to those who have served in our Armed Forces.

The shelter will foot the bill for spaying or neutering, vaccinations, and microchipping. The veteran and his or her new companion will also go home with a bag of pet food.

Dawn Danielson ...

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First National Military Dog Monument Unveiled This Week (Video)

The U.S. military dedicated this week the first-ever national monument that honors the contributions of military working dogs and their handlers.

The U.S. Working Dog Teams National Monument is located at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas. The base is home to the 341st Training Squadron, where every military working dog team has been trained for every branch of the military since 1958.

Former military working dog handler ...

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Best of Home Post: Ex-Military Dog Gabe, 2012 Hero Dog, Dies (+Video)

Originally posted February 13, 2013:

Retired military working dog and 2012 American Humane Association Hero Dog Award winner Gabe passed away today.

His owner, Sgt. 1st Class Charles Shuck, wrote on Gabe's Facebook page:

"Gabe took his last breath... while I held him in my arms."

Shuck wrote on Facebook that he took Gabe to an emergency animal hospital yesterday, where the former military dog was diagnosed with internal ...

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Best of Home Post: Dog Won't Leave Fallen Navy SEAL's Side

This post originally ran August 23rd, 2011.

Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson had a very close friend in his life - his dog, Hawkeye. Tumilson, a former San Diego resident, was killed August 6 in the Chinook helicopter crash that also claimed the lives of 29 other American service members.

Tumilson's funeral was on Friday in Rockford, Iowa at Rockford Senior High. Hawkeye was one of the 1,500 souls who ...

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Today Marks 2nd Anniversary Of Deadly Chinook Crash That Killed 30 US Troops

On August 6, 2011, Afghan insurgents shot down a CH-47 helicopter with 38 men and one military working dog on board. The crash killed everyone on the Chinook, including 30 U.S. service members (17 of whom were Navy SEALs) and eight Afghans.

Today marks the two year anniversary of that tragic day, when the U.S. military suffered its greatest one-day loss of life in the Afghanistan War.

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Camp Pendleton Sailor Reunites With Dog After Airline 'Loses' Pup (Video)

Camp Pendleton-based Navy Petty Officer Josh Bulla considers his dog Congo more than just a best friend. He says the pup is like a son to him. Bulla recently transferred from Guam to Camp Pendleton, but when he arrived at the San Diego Airport, he discovered the airline he'd flown had lost his dog.

The folks at the United Airlines did not know where Congo was. San Francisco Bay ...

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Dogs With PTSD Get Help From Military Veterinarian (Video)

Ever since canine post-traumatic stress disorder became an accepted diagnosis for some military working dogs, veterinarians have been trying to figure out how to treat it.

Military veterinarian Maj. Andrew McGraw uses a combination of anti-anxiety medication and desensitization therapy - similar treatment to what humans with PTSD receive.

Army dog handler Sgt. Jon Silvey, based at Fort Carson in Colorado, brought his MWD Turbo to McGraw for help. Denver television ...

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Camp Pendleton Marine To Honor Fallen Military Dog 'Cpl. Tick'

A military working dog named Cpl. Tick was killed on May 14, 2012 in an improvised explosive device blast in Afghanistan. Cpl Tick's handler, Lance Cpl. Bryan Utrilla, will honor her on the one-year anniversary of her death by placing her dog tags on the Camp Pendleton cross memorial.

Utrilla wrote an email to the blog Battle Rattle, calling Cpl. Tick, a two-year-old black lab, a beloved friend who ...

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Military Dog Dies Trying To Save 2 Marines Killed In Insider Attack

Two Marines based at Camp Lejeune, Staff Sgt. Eric D. Christian, 39, of Warwick, N.Y., and Cpl. David M. Sonka, 23, of Parker, Colorado, were killed May 4 in an insider attack. Killed alongside them was Sonka's military working dog, Flex.

The Department of Defense reports the two Marines were assigned to 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion at Camp Lejeune.

According to a casualty report by the NATO ...

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Disabled Dog Welcomes Home Airman From Deployment (Video)

Emma the pit bull mix is unable to use her back legs due to a disorder called hemivertebrae. But that didn't stop her from welcoming her Airman dad home from deployment with as much enthusiasm as an able-bodied pooch.

Melissa Swanson posted video of the reunion on YouTube, writing:

Emma and her daddy were very close! It broke her heart when he left. When I come in the door ...

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