FYI Seal Dogs

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From: JUNE CERRETA
Date: Mon, Apr 9, 2012 at 9:29 PM

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How do you get a dog to
understand what he is seeing through night goggles? 
This whole article is
amazing.
 
GOD BLESS AMERICA
!!

The Dog
That Cornered Osama Bin Laden … not your
standard
K9……
This is
really
something!

When
U.S. President Barack Obama went to Fort
Campbell , Kentucky
,
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.
(
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(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
world
 
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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
acronymSEAL).
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.
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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
jump.
Here's a
photo from that jump, taken by Andy Anderson for
K9 Storm
Inc.
(more
about those folks
shortly).
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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
walls.
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.
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