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-- most Americans were surprised to learn the military working dogs helped seal team six killed Osama bin Laden.
They're called soldier dogs and they do everything from sniffing out IUDs to leading some patrols.
-- to jump out of helicopters read the special forces our next guest has chronicled these amazing animals she's the author of soldier dogs untold story.
Of America's canine heroes Maria good dot it's joins us now great to see you thank you it's great to be here what did what did go go ahead -- just got that you didn't know about soldier dogs most of us don't to what are what are we missing.
Actually grew up with my father telling me he was in World War II when he told me how important they were out.
In the field he wasn't handler but he was comforted by these dogs at the end of the day it was a piece of home so I grew up thinking.
These -- are so cool.
And then it again I'm I'm a reporter -- and then embarked operators -- and hearing more and more about military working dogs but not reading much about them and then when the bin Laden raid happened and the Belgian Malinois was part of the raid.
I thought oh this is something people really need to know about what are the breeds that work best and -- what -- the dogs do to help the situation.
-- right now the big breeds in a dual purpose breeds are built in -- wants and German shepherds of course.
Just if you just have sniffer dogs -- Labrador Retriever.
Is -- and these dogs their primary purpose right now is to be the troops through these IED infested fields and places in Afghanistan.
And it's -- knows everybody depends on their nose to get them through a life because their noses are so sensitive.
And -- they will signal and the hand -- will tell someone and they'll take care.
And we should mention that the reason that we don't have any of these dogs here today.
Usually we have animals involved in the -- because they're deployed right now they're hard at work together but there are there out there on deployment working really hard to it to save lives they are so needed in this board because I decent number one killer -- you also say there is K nine PT estate.
Yeah -- it wasn't officially recognized until January of last year.
And now they're doing a lot to help combat it -- to help these dogs they have many of the same symptoms and signs.
As people they think they're withdrawing they have changes of behavior.
They mean happy eating and and they're really trying to work through it and about quarter of the dogs will never go back to any kind of work and will be.
Adopted out to the general public how do you treat canine -- yesterday -- it's they're trying to figure it out right now black Clinton there.
A combination of of drug therapy.
And rest relaxation and lots of love and sometimes if it's just not going to work they get adopted to a very loving home -- -- one dog buck.
To who I met him in the adoption kennels in.
Al -- and -- she was just staring out into nothingness and so different everyone else is barking.
And said what's at this time and he had PT -- in the next day he was adopted out to a very loving San Antonio family and he's doing much better the name of the book is soldier dogs -- congratulations -- putting it together and than the stories you've collected thank you so much to me there.
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