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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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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.

Over the ...

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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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