Afghanistan: Dogs of War Part 1

Throughout the course of the long war in Afghanistan, Coalition troops have relied on thousands of military working dogs to help keep them safe, and make their jobs easier. The dogs are trained to detect explosives, to find illegal drugs, to search for missing comrades, or target enemy combatants. Not only are they active on the front lines, but behind the lines they serve as therapy dogs, service dogs, and loyal companions. They also share the same risks as the ground troops, suffering injuries and sometimes death on the battlefields. Gathered here are images of these dogs and their handlers in Afghanistan and back home, from over the past several years, part of the ongoing series here on Afghanistan.
03 Jun 2014 21:02:00
Harlow And Indy

Huge weimaraner Harlow immediately fell in love with the new inhabitant of the house – dachshund puppy named Indy. Now the two friends spend all the time together. Just look at this adorable and fun couple!
09 Dec 2013 11:05:00
Austrian Boy  And Marmots

AUSTRIA — A nature-loving family says their 8-year-old boy has become friends with some of the Austrian Alps’ shiest creatures.
13 Feb 2013 10:11:00
A Street Cat Named Bob

James, a once homeless recovering heroin addict, met Bob the ginger cat during a very dark period, and credits the feline with giving him a purpose in life.
It has been Bob, who over the past five years, has helped give James the strength to stay off drugs, driven him to earn money and get his life back on track.
20 Dec 2012 14:41:00