Combat dogs take to the skies for secret missions in Afghanistan

The Times – Tom Coghlan

Two members of the Austrian special forces join Nato’s Operation Cold Response, one of Europe’s biggest military exercises, in Narvik, Norway.

Dropping from 10,000ft, they glide in order to land unnoticed. The dogs often carry cameras and are trained to attack anyone carrying a weapon.

“Dogs don’t perceive height difference, so that doesn’t worry them. They’re more likely to be bothered by the roar of the engines, but once we’re on the way down, that doesn’t matter and they just enjoy the view,” said the dog handler. “It’s something he does a lot. He has a much cooler head than most recruits.”

Commandos from 14 countries, including British special forces and Royal Marines, took part in the Nato exercise. The use of dogs in High Altitude High Opening missions was pioneered by America’s Delta Force, which trained the animals to breathe through oxygen masks during the jump.

The SAS has adapted similar techniques and, according to special forces sources, bought a number of American-trained dogs for use in Iraq and Afghanistan. The dogs used by the British are fitted with a head camera, allowing special forces to see inside insurgent compounds, and Kevlar body armour.

As well as reconnaissance, the animals are trained to attack anyone carrying a weapon, although it is claimed that they will not attack those who are unarmed.

Two SAS dogs are reported to have died on raids in Iraq. Thor and Scotty were killed in 2008 when British special forces waged a successful campaign to destroy al-Qaeda’s bombing networks in Baghdad. Both animals are remembered on a stone memorial at the SAS headquarters in Hereford.


KTLA — A dog that attacked two Chattanooga police cars has been sentenced to obedience and canine good citizen classes. Winston, a mixed-breed, will also have to wear a tag that says he is “potentially dangerous.” A judge ruled Thursday that charges against the Winston’s owner will be dismissed if the classes are successfully completed.

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Free Winston

Chattanoogan – Dennis Rains

Well, I for one, would like for Winston to be free. Free Winston – the bulldog who chomped the patrol car of the officer running radar on Workman Road.  He was only doing what most all of us really wish to do when confronted by Chief Cooper’s Finest toting radar.

Actually, instead of ‘running radar’ – maybe Chief Cooper could put more ‘police resources’ into combating the gang problem that – of course – doesn’t exist in Chattanooga. Then again, seeing as Winston has made the Chattanooga Police Department famous all over the world, how about just letting him loose?

Dog on wild tear chews up 2 cop cars, starts on 2 other cars

Three dogs were busted by animal shelter staff after a wild evening out on the town this past Sunday in Tennessee. One of the dogs, Winston, damaged two police cars before he started in on two other cars.

Digital Journal – Stephanie Dearing

Chattanooga, Tennessee – The three truant dogs out on the town for a lark had escaped through the fence from Mann’s Welding shop. They likely would never have come to the attention of the police, except Winston took exception to a police car that was parked a short distance away from Mann’s Welding on Workman Road. Officer Holmes was there monitoring the speeds of moving vehicles.

Without provocation, Winston, an 80 pound pit bull-boxer or bulldog mix, began chewing on the tires of the police car, puncturing two tires. He is said to have then attacked two moving vehicles before turning his attention to a newly arrived police car after Officer Holmes called for backup. Damage has been estimated to be at least $3,000.

Winston managed to chew the entire front bumper off of one police car, reported the Associated Press. Winston also bit clear through the two tires of Officer Holme’s car. It is not know what damage Winston caused the two passing vehicles he attacked. Winston is obviously the sort of dog who sticks to a decision once he makes it. Officer Holmes used pepper spray and his taser against Winston in an effort to deter Winston, but the dog continued to chew the car.

Winston did not suffer any harm from either the pepper spray or the taser. Police spokeswoman, Officer Royval, reported that Winston pulled the taser prongs out of his skin before he resumed chewing. Officer Holmes had reported he noticed the car shaking before getting out to investigate, finding Winston, a handsome brown and white dog who weighs about 80 pounds. Michael Emerling, one of Winston’s owners, said Winston is normally a very sweet dog who occasionally gets upset with lawn furniture.

Nancy Emerling was said to be distraught by the dogs’ behaviour. Both Emerlings were cited by Animal Control for the dogs being loose. All three dogs were removed from the Emerling’s custody. Michael Emerling said Winston’s future wasn’t certain, as they were concerned that he might attack a car again.

Winston has never shown aggression towards humans, Emerling said. It is likely Winston will be put down. Winston is currently being held at the McKamey Animal Shelter. Executive Directer, Karen Walsh speculated Winston was attempting to protect his property.

“Some dogs are very aggressive. Especially when they feel they are being protective. So I think the officer to the dog’s perception was in his territory and so the dog just attacked the car.”

She added

“It’s just wonderful that nobody got hurt. Because when a dog gets this incensed, anybody who gets in the way could be injured.”

Boxers are known for their love of play, which often includes chewing.

“… Being a bright energetic breed, they will find many ways to get in to trouble if not properly trained and watched.”

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Heroic Dog Shot 5 Times While Protecting His Family


LOS ANGELES– “Champ” the four year old German Shepherd mix was shot and badly hurt while protecting his family’s home, and was scheduled to be euthanized after weeks of being kept as evidence.

Now he needs help.

On February 27th, Champ was shot 5 times by an intruder as he tried to protect his owner’s home in South Los Angeles, says Tiffany Norton of Coastal German Shepherd Rescue.

The shooter lodged several bullets in the dog’s body, leaving Champ with a broken jaw bone, nerve problems, a bullet entry under his eye, and wounds covering his neck, shoulder, and abdomen.

Champ was kept as evidence while the intrusion case was pending, and was scheduled to be euthanized because his owners declined to get him the costly medical care he needed.

That’s when Coastal German Shepherd Rescue stepped in.

The charity group picked Champ up Friday and transported him to their veterinarian team at Alicia Pet Care Center.

According to Norton, Champ is getting a “full body work up” and the organization will soon know what Champ’s medical plan will be.

Veterinarians working on Champ say he is very lucky the bullets went through his body, and that he will likely not suffer any long term medical problems from the shooting.

Norton says that Champs medical bills are adding up and her organization is asking for help to save pay them.

Better yet, Coastal German Shepherd Rescue is looking for someone to adopt Champ and give him a good home after he recovers.

“It’s gonna be a really special person who’s gonna bring him into their home,” Norton said. “Really right now, we’re looking for someone with a big heart who wants to support Champ.”

Volunteers for the charity organization say despite all he’s been through, Champ is still a very sweet, calm, and collected dog who will “give his paw to all who would stop and give him a pet and a hello.”

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Dogs look after man’s health


Bill Setzer lay in his bed, sweaty and disoriented.

He’d been napping. But now, his two pit bulls, Mara and Moby, wouldn’t let him be.

Mara was furiously licking Setzer’s face. And Moby was repeatedly crashing his 70-pound frame into the man, in a frantic attempt to wake him.

Setzer blinked. His vision was blurry. He felt lousy.

The 63-year-old Stafford man, who has Type 2 diabetes, reached for the blood sugar meter on his bedside table, pricked his finger and read the numbers on the screen: 29.

A normal blood sugar level ranges between 70 and 140.

Setzer took a glucose pill, which eventually raised his blood sugar level. But if the dogs hadn’t woken him that December afternoon, Setzer believes he might not have woken up at all.

“I would’ve probably slipped right into a coma,” he said. “These two guys saved my life.”

Perhaps they were just returning the favor…


Shelly Hiemer’s dog paws at her when the Minnesota woman’s blood sugar drops too low. Then again, the black Labrador named Grace is trained to do just that.

“I call her my amazing Grace,” said Hiemer, who noted that the dog also alerts when other family members are ill.

Grace was taught by Can Do Canines, a Minnesota nonprofit that trains service dogs. Hiemer, a Type 1 diabetic, is the group’s spokeswoman.

For years, Can Do graduates have assisted people who are deaf, hard of hearing, autistic and disabled. More recently, the organization has trained diabetic-assistance dogs like Grace.

When someone has high blood sugar, their breath often smells yeasty and fruity all at once, said Hiemer, “like they’ve been chewing Juicy Fruit and drinking a beer at the same time.”

But low blood sugar doesn’t have a scent that’s easily detected by humans, Hiemer said. Dogs, on the other hand, can pick it up…

Process continues to find Uga VIII

Macon Telegraph – David Hale

… Seiler’s careful attention to the Uga line is yet another reason Georgia fans may not learn the identity of the team’s next mascot by the time UGA opens its season against Louisiana-Monroe on Sept. 4. Seiler said he’ll be cautious to choose the right dog, and he won’t allow a dog onto the field until it is old enough to properly fill the role.

“We don’t want to start a dog that you can hardly see or that we can’t get a fitted shirt on,” Seiler said. “I’m afraid that come September, even if we selected a dog in March, he’d be 6 months old, and it would be debatable if we would use him or even make an announcement at that time.”

If a suitable Uga VIII isn’t ready by the time Georgia kicks off its season, Seiler said Russ, the 5-year-old stand-in and brother of Uga VII, will continue to fill the void.

Russ presided over Georgia’s final two games in 2009 — both victories — but Seiler said he won’t be considered for the job on a permanent basis, despite the support of many fans that he land the gig.

“There is no chance of Russ being VIII because he is too old, and we don’t want to cheat the mascot out of longevity, so we would never pick a dog that old,” Seiler said. “But he’s served well, he’s a good-looking dog, and we would not hesitate to start the season with him if we haven’t selected a puppy or we’ve selected a puppy, but the puppy is not big enough to adequately perform.”

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