We are in storm season here in the Mid-Atlantic. Out of nowhere, the winds whip to 60 miles per hour and the skies turn black and menacing. The thunderstorms roll in all times of the day and night which is not good for dogs like Sofie who have extreme trouble tolerating the thunder. She seems to know when there is a storm anywhere within 100 miles. I mean it! Long before the skies change, and even if the storm never comes over us, she knows that it is storming somewhere in the state.
Peanut sent me this picture while I was at work the other morning around 8 AM. Sofie was hiding under a blanket in her room as a storm raged outside.
Where do you hide?
Today is Memorial Day in the United States of America
I repost their story every year because soldier dogs are truly amazing heroes and we must always honor our troops and our service animals and all the fallen spirits that have been taken, for oh, too many reasons. Take a moment, right now, just a few seconds, and be thankful for the wonderful service people that work so hard to stop some really terrible things from happening around the world and remember those that gave their lives for our freedom.
Look at these faces!
These are some of my favorite images from the book Soldier Dogs. There are more pictures in our slideshow today.
Military Working Dogs play a crucial part in America’s armed services. The best known “Soldier Dog,” Cairo, put crucial canine skills to work in the SEAL Team Six operation that killed Osama Bin Laden. Other Military Working Dogs serve as everything from bomb sniffers to troop companions to search and rescue dogs (and also serve in darker roles, such as duty at Guantanamo Bay). Their handlers and trainers, devoted dog lovers down to a man, form an unusually close-knit fraternity within the military.