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Obama War Dog

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Here are some blogs, statments and pictures regarding the amazing dog who helped get Bin Laden that we received in an email today!

The Dog Who Cornered  Osama Bin Laden

NOTE:  This blog post is exactly the same as the one entitled “Canadian
Connection To  Raid On Bin Laden Compound.” I just wanted to reflect two
different aspects of  the story in the headlines.

When  U.S. President Barack Obama went to Fort  Campbell , Kentucky  , last
week for a highly publicized but very private meeting with the commando
team that killed Osama bin Laden, only one of the 81 members of the
super-secret  SEAL DevGru unit was identified by name: Cairo , the war  dog.

Cairo,  like most canine members of the elite U.S. Navy SEALs, is a Belgian
Malinois.  The Malinois breed is similar to German shepherds but smaller
and more compact,  with an adult male weighing in the 30-kilo range.

Obama War Dog

(German  shepherds are still used as war dogs by the American military but
the lighter,  stubbier Malinois is considered better for the tandem
parachute jumping and  rappelling operations often undertaken by SEAL teams.
Labrador retrievers are also favoured  by various military organizations around the



Like  their human counterparts, the dog SEALs are highly trained, highly
skilled,  highly motivated special ops experts, able to perform extraordinary
military  missions by SEa, Air and Land (thus the acronym).

The dogs  carry out a wide range of specialized duties for the military
teams to which  they are attached: With a sense of smell 40 times greater than
a human’s, the  dogs are trained to detect and identify both explosive
material and hostile or  hiding humans.

The dogs  are twice as fast as a fit human, so anyone trying to escape is
not likely to  outrun Cairo or his  buddies.


The  dogs, equipped with video cameras, also enter certain danger zones
first,  allowing their handlers to see what’s ahead before humans follow.

As I  mentioned before, SEAL dogs are even trained parachutists, jumping
either in  tandem with their handlers or solo, if the jump is into water.

Last  year canine parachute instructor Mike Forsythe and his dog Cara set
the world  record for highest man-dog parachute deployment, jumping from more
than 30,100 feet up  — the altitude transoceanic passenger jets fly at.
Both Forsythe and Cara were  wearing oxygen masks and skin protectors for the

Here’s a  photo from that jump, taken by Andy Anderson for K9 Storm Inc.
(more about those  folks shortly).


As well,  the dogs are faithful, fearless and ferocious — incredibly
frightening and  efficient attackers.

I have  seen it reported repeatedly that the teeth of SEAL war dogs are
replaced with  titanium implants that are stronger, sharper and
scare-your-pants-off  intimidating, but a U.S. military  spokesman has denied that charge,
so I really don’t know (never having seen a  canine SEAL face-to-face). I do
know that I’ve never seen a photo of a war dog  with anything even vaguely
resembling a set of shiny metal chompers.

When the  SEAL DevGru team (usually known by its old designation, Team 6)
hit bin  Laden’s Pakistan compound on May 2, Cairo ’s  feet would have been
four of the first on the ground.

And like  the human SEALs, Cairo was wearing super-strong,  flexible body
armour and outfitted with high-tech equipment that included  “doggles” —
specially designed and fitted dog googles with night-vision and  infrared
capability that would even allow Cairo to see  human heat forms through concrete

Now  where on earth would anyone get that kind of incredibly niche hi-tech
doggie  gear?

From Winnipeg  , of all places.

Jim and  Glori Slater’s Manitoba hi-tech mom-and-pop business, K9 Storm
Inc., has a  deserved worldwide reputation for designing and manufacturing
probably the best  body armour available for police and military dogs. Working
dogs in 15 countries  around the world are currently protected by their K9
Storm body  armour.


Jim  Slater was a canine handler on the Winnipeg Police Force when he
crafted a  Kevlar protective jacket for his own dog, Olaf, in the mid-1990s. Soon
Slater  was making body armour for other cop dogs, then the Canadian
military and soon  the world.

The  standard K9 Storm vest also has a load-bearing harness system that
makes it  ideal for tandem rappelling and parachuting.


And then  there are the special hi-tech add-ons that made the K9 Storm
especially  appealing to the U.S. Navy SEALs, who bought four of K9 Storm Inc.’s
top-end  Intruder “canine tactical assault suits” last year for $86,000.
You can be  sure Cairo was  wearing one of those four suits when he jumped
into bin Laden’s  lair.

Here’s  an explanation of all the K9 Storm Intruder special features:


Just as  the Navy SEALS and other elite special forces are the sharp point
of the  American military machine, so too are their dogs at the top of a
canine military  heirarchy.

In all,  the U.S. military currently has about 2,800  active-duty dogs
deployed around the world, with roughly 600 now in Afghanistan and Iraq  .

Here’s  the _link to a dandy photo  essay about U.S. war dogs_
(,0)  that  just appeared
in the journal Foreign Policy.

Several  of the photos I have included here are from Foreign Policy, as you
will see.  Other photos are from K9 Storm Inc.



As for  the ethics of sending dogs to war, that’s pretty much a moot point,
don’t you  think? If it’s ethical to send humans into combat, then why not

At least  the U.S. now  treats its war dogs as full members of the
military. At the end of the Vietnam  War, the U.S. combat  dogs there were
designated as “surplus military equipment” and left behind when  American forces
pulled out.

"The true price of  anything is the amount of life you exchange for it"
Henry David  Thoreau











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