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The morning after Thanksgiving, my dog, Dyngo, was having trouble walking. He’s a strong, happy dog, so with some coaxing, he managed a walk outside. By that evening, he couldn’t stand, laying with his eyes closed, crying — something he never does. I sat on the floor stroking his large head, crying too because I thought he might be dying. 

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U.S. Army photo

Is it just my eyes, or are those soldiers looking particularly skinny, especially the one on the left? Surprisingly little information on this photo, only that it is a pre-patrol briefing on Luzon.

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US Army/Sgt. Jason Brace

This dog, in Afghanistan, looks particularly thoughtful, I think:

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U.S. Army/Spc. Christopher Brecht

Are you a fan of downrange dog stories? Did you laugh at General Order No. 1's injunction against pets? Then, brother, do I have a story for you. Well, I don't — but Twitter's resident Powerpoint sapper and occasional T&P; contributor, Angry Staff Officer, has quite the Iraq story, as related to him by a forward observer. If someone isn't working on the screenplay already, there's no justice in this world:

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Photo by DoD

Monday, March 13, marks National K9 Veterans Day, a day to honor and commemorate the service and sacrifices of American military and working dogs throughout history. According to American Humane, it was 75 years ago today that the U.S. Army first established the War Dog Program, or “K9 Corps,” to train man’s best friend to become the military’s best canine asset. The dogs of war who have served alongside soldiers throughout history aren’t just good dogs — they’re great dogs.

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