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Very impressive canine

When U.S. President Barack Obama went to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, last week

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.

(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

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 acronym).

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.

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).

As well, the dogs are faithful, fearless and ferocious — incredibly

frightening and efficient attackers.

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 goggles 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.

Jim Slater was a canine handler on the Winnipeg Police Force when he

crafted a Kevlar protective jacket for his own dog, Olaf, in the mid-1990s.

Soon Slater was making body Armour for other cop dogs, then the Canadian

military and soon the world.

The standard K9 Storm vest also has a load-bearing harness system that

makes it ideal for tandem rappelling and parachuting.

And then there are the special hi-tech add-ons that made the K9 Storm

especially appealing to the U.S. Navy SEALs, who bought four of K9 Storm

Inc.’s top-end Intruder “canine tactical assault suits” last year for

$86,000. You can be sure Cairo was wearing one of those four suits when he

jumped into bin Laden’s lair.

Here’s an explanation of all the K9 Storm Intruder special features:

Just as the Navy SEALS and other elite special forces are the sharp point

of the American military machine, so too are their dogs at the top of a

canine military hierarchy.

In all, the U.S. military currently has about 2,800 active-duty dogs

deployed around the world, with roughly 600 now in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Here’s the link to a dandy photo essay about U.S. war dogs that just

appeared in the journal Foreign Policy.

Several of the photos I have included here are from Foreign Policy, as you

will see. Other photos are from K9 Storm Inc.

As for the ethics of sending dogs to war, that’s pretty much a moot point,

don’t you think? If it’s ethical to send humans into combat, then why not


At least the U.S. now treats its war dogs as full members of the military.

Proba extra concurs superblog Emisiune mea

Din pacate nu se mai fac emisiuni despre animalute si problemele lor, desi odinioara erau difuzate de majoritatea posturilor, totusi s-a renuntat la ele: TVR 1,2 si 3, Acasa, etc ... Ar fi invitate persoane din cadrul asociatiilor pentru protectia animalutelor, merita filmat in adaposturile acestora, dar si persoane care doar le dau inca o sansa animalutelor victime ale "oamenilor", iar apoi le ofera spre adoptie - ar exista si o rubrica distincta cu "album/cv adoptie", voluntariat, ar trebui si o rubrica medicala cu sfaturi si reportaje la diferite clinici - promovarea aparatelor pentru analize, cazuri cu politia animalelor ... Cu alte cuvinte, reunirea mai multor formate de emisiuni gen Animal Planet.

concurs auto superblog

Da, imi plac masinile; imi place viteza intr-o masina performanta, dar nu exagerata; ador sa merg cu masina; de altfel am vizitat cu autoturismul atat Grecia, cat si Turcia, dar si  Italia; pot spune ca excursia cu autocarul este mai neplacuta si incomoda, iar la noi nici drumul cu trenul nu exceleaza; de fapt, cu exceptia avionului, nimic nu intrece masina ... avand insa in vedere ca tot nu posed carnet ... nu imi ramane decat sa ma "dau" in viteza pe net ...

Calculatorul viitorului - alta proba a concursului superblog

Aici gasiti detalii utile.
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Locuri de vizitat - concurs pcnews superblog

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