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Heroes Wear Fur

Retailer Orvis has published a very useful infographic concerning Working Military Dogs (WMDs).  Deployment of these dogs has increased 400% in the United States since the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Orvis Military Working Dogs Infographic

Hero Dogs – National Geographic June 2014

National geographic June 2014

I have just finished reading the June 2014 issue of National Geographic.  As you can see, the feature story is about the military dogs and the magazine has done a really wonderful job depicting the lives of the soldiers and their bomb detecting dogs.

Some facts:

  • at the height of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the US military had a force of approximately 2,500 working dogs
  • MWDs is the abbreviation for Military Working Dogs
  • A dog’s sense of smell is up to 100,000 times more acute than a human’s
  • The Belgian Malinois has been particularly successful in Iraq and Afthanistan because it can withstand the hot temperatures

Happy reading!