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Could Your Dog Be The 2015 Military Pet Of The Year?

Time is running out to enter Dogs on Deployment's "2015 Military Pet of the Year" contest.

The deadline to enter your pooch in the contest is Jan. 31.

Click here for more info on how to enter.

Dogs on Deployment is a non-profit group that helps find temporary homes for the beloved canines--and kitties--of troops during their deployments. The folks there explain the purpose of the annual contest this ...

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Therapy Dogs Would Help Veterans With PTSD Under New Bill

Veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder could help train therapy dogs for other veterans under a pilot program being considered by Congress.

The Veterans Dog Training Therapy Act, introduced by Ohio Rep. Steve Stivers, would put in place a pilot program at several VA medical facilities. These VA facilities would then connect veterans suffering from PTSD with organizations that train therapy dogs for physically disabled vets.

Stivers said in a ...

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Three-Legged Marine Corps Dog Subject Of New Book (Video)

A retired Marine Corps bomb-sniffing dog with a local connection is the subject of a new book, Top Dog: The Story of Marine Hero Lucca.

Maria Goodavage, the author of the bestseller Soldier Dogs, also penned Top Dog.

Gunnery Sgt. Chris Willingham, Lucca's first handler and current owner, says the canine Purple Heart recipient saved countless lives during her 400 patrols while deployed to Iraq twice and once to ...

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Military Dogs Honored During Veterans Day Parade (Video)

For the first time ever, six retired military working dogs and their handlers will get their own float during this year's America's Parade, billed as the biggest Veterans Day event in the whole U. S. of A.

Joining the doggie heroes on the float will be Army veteran Tracy Marrow (better known as actor and rapper Ice-T), his lovely wife Coco, veterans advocate Lois Pope, and American Humane ...

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Surgeries Suspended For Military Family Pets As Cost-Saving Measure

The cherished dogs and cats of military families are no longer able to get surgical procedures at military veterinary facilities, as these clinics have cut back on services to save money.

Lt. Col. Matt Takara of U.S. Army Public Health Command tells Star and Stripes virtually all on-base veterinary treatment facilities have "suspended procedures involving anesthetics" for family-owned pets.

Department of Defense-owned animals will still be able to get ...

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Bulldog Puppy Marine PFC Smedley Butler Sidelined By Broken Toe

Just weeks after he made the transition from recruit to full-fledged Marine, PFC Smedley Butler has been sidelined from his duties as Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego's mascot.

The 7-month-old English Bulldog puppy broke his toe on his left hind paw when he jumped out of a moving vehicle, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Smedley's medical mishap was laid out on the MCRD San Diego Facebook ...

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Bulldog Puppy PFC Smedley Butler Becomes A Marine

He might have been the youngest and smallest Marine at the Eagle, Globe and Anchor ceremony at Camp Pendleton Thursday morning, but he certainly attracted the most attention.

Private First Class Smedley Butler, a 6-month-old English Bulldog, donned a camouflage utility uniform for the big event, which symbolizes the first time a recruit is called a Marine.

There are only three official Marine Corps mascots, and Smedley is now one ...

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Marine Veteran Reunites With Military Dog, Thanks To California Group (Video)

They ate every meal together, slept next to each other each night. Marine Corps veteran Sgt. Robert Hulsey forged an unbreakable bond with his Improvised Detection Dog Jjoe when the two served together in Afghanistan for seven months in 2011.

Hulsey told the Dallas Morning News:

“Every single day, I’d wake up in the morning, and we’d patrol [around the base] for a few hours and come back ...

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Death Of Soldier With Military Dog Unit Under Investigation

The Army Criminal Investigation Command is investigating the death of Pvt. 1st Class Darrell Robinson, 23, who was found dead at Fort Bragg in North Carolina on Aug. 31.

Robinson was a military police officer with the 550th Military Working Dog Detachment.

Fort Bragg officials have not released any information on the circumstances surrounding Robinson's passing, except to say that at this point, his cause of death is unknown ...

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Happy Ending For Soldier Whose Ex Sold His Dog While He Was Deployed?

Soldier Robert Gabbert entrusted his beloved dog Baxter with his former girlfriend when he deployed to Afghanistan in March. His ex-flame then sold Baxter on Craigslist to another military family.

The Facebook page "Bring Baxter Home" was created after Gabbert posted this desperate plea on Craigslist, according to the Washington Post:

I am currently deployed and my ex sold my dog. I just found out and I am trying to ...

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3 US Troops, 1 Military Dog Killed In Afghanistan

A roadside bomb blast in southern Afghanistan killed three U.S. service members and their military working dog on Friday.

According to a NATO ISAF casualty report:

Three International Security Assistance Force service members and one ISAF canine died following an improvised explosive device attack in southern Afghanistan today.

While NATO ISAF has not identified the nationalities of those killed, both The Associated Press and the Daily Mail have reported ...

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Injured San Diego Marine Dog Handler Reunited With Canine Friend

Jose Armenta was serving as a Marine dog handler in Afghanistan in 2011 when while searching for IEDs with his dog, Zenit, one exploded. Armenta was severely wounded. He later had to have both legs amputated above the knee. Zenit was uninjured.

Armenta and Zenit’s story is featured in the June issue of National Geographic. Armenta also told their story to Terry Gross on National Public Radio’s Fresh ...

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Puppy Named Pvt. Smedley Butler Is MCRD San Diego's New Mascot (Video)

Marine Corps Pvt. Smedley Butler - it's a hefty name for a little dog. But Smedley has big shoes (or paws) to fill. The 14-week-old English bulldog puppy is currently training to become MCRD San Diego's newest mascot.

Stars and Stripes reports Smedley is replacing Belleau Wood, who has retired to Temecula.

Smedley lives at the recruit depot with his handler, Cpl. Tyler Viglione, and the two bunk together ...

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Fallen Camp Pendleton Marine's Parents Adopt His Military Dog (Video)

Fallen Marine Staff Sgt. Christopher Diaz was not alone when he died Sept. 28, 2011, in Afghanistan — Dino, his bomb-sniffing military dog, was at his side.

On Saturday, Diaz's parents adopted Dino in a special ceremony at Camp Pendleton.

Christopher's father, Salvador Diaz, told the El Paso Times that he asked the Marine Corps if he could adopt Dino, a 6-year-old Belgian Malinois, after his son's death ...

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Marine Corps Looking To Find Adoptive Homes For War Dogs

The Marine Corps' elite improvised explosive device-sniffing dog program is winding down along with the war in Afghanistan.

The program, which at its height boasted 650 IED detection dogs (called IDDs) is now down to roughly 130 dogs. About half of the 100 or so dogs not currently in Afghanistan need to find adoptive homes.

Bill Childress, head of the Marines’ Military Working Dog program, explained to Marine Corps Times ...

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