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Arroyo_Doble
05-05-2011, 05:07 PM
Intense interest surrounds dog who may have participated in bin Laden raid (http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thelookout/20110505/ts_yblog_thelookout/intense-interest-surrounds-dog-who-helped-capture-bin-laden)

Americans are fascinated by the anonymous U.S. Navy SEALs who daringly raided Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad, Pakistan compound this week, but one canine commando is attracting especially fervent interest.

According to the New York Times and the British tabloid The Sun, a military dog (not pictured) was strapped onto one of the assault team members as he was lowered out of a Black Hawk helicopter and began the operation that killed the notorious terrorist on Monday. But who is this canine hero?

Sadly, we know very little, and the Pentagon hasn't confirmed that a dog was even on the mission, much less release information about the canine's name or breed.

"Little is known about what may be the nation's most courageous dog," the Times' Gardner Harris writes. He speculates that the dog was most likely a German shepherd or a Belgian Malinois, since those are the breeds most often found in the military's 2,700-strong military dog program. (A new breed, however, is becoming popular with the troops. Labrador retrievers have begun to "wander off-leash 100 yards or more in front of patrols to ensure the safety of the route.")




I have no doubt it was a Malinois. The best breed of dog on this planet (Border Collie being a close second).

I have two. This is Lucy.


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v226/Bok_Tukalo/fun/Lucy01.jpg

Hawkgirl
05-05-2011, 05:28 PM
Looks like a german shephard mix.

Madisonian
05-05-2011, 06:06 PM
I have no doubt it was a Malinois. The 2nd best breed of dog on this planet (Border Collie being a distant first).



I usually don't do this but... fixed.

http://webpages.charter.net/loryder/Baby_20060722_145.JPG

SaintLouieWoman
05-05-2011, 08:47 PM
Do they Malinois shed as much as a Shep? I've heard they are outstanding police dogs. How are they as pets?

hampshirebrit
05-05-2011, 08:50 PM
Good boy, whatever breed he is.

Good boy, job well done.

Arroyo_Doble
05-06-2011, 09:30 AM
Do they Malinois shed as much as a Shep? I've heard they are outstanding police dogs. How are they as pets?

The shed an awful lot. The worst shedding I have encountered.

As pets, they are not that mainstream. They are smart, energetic, and neurotic with a strong prey drive. They need a job or they will trash the place and you have to be the alpha in a strong way.

BTW, no cats. They will just kill them.