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Retired Military Dogs Earn Recognition

Five former U.S. Military Working Dogs who served during deployments overseas, were awarded the K-9 Medal of Courage Tuesday in Washington D.C.

 

 

 

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The dogs named Jig, Jag, Summer, Taba and Taker, received the Lois Pope award by American Humane for demonstrating "exceptional valor in serving our country" as they served in Iraq and Afghanistan keeping soldiers and civilians safe from harm.

 

 

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These dogs worked in different branches of the military and held different roles, ranging from explosives detection to serving "on the frontlines of the War on Terror."

 

 

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Jig, served in the Marines Corps for five years as an explosives detection dog, "until his career was cut short due to an oral melanoma diagnosis." Taker, a 12-year-old Labrador Retriever "who saved countless lives" while serving with the Marines, retired 6 years ago. Taba was also an explosives detection dog "and participated in countless raids" as she served as a U.S. Army Special Forces Multi-Purpose K-9. Summer served with the Marines and now serves as a member of a TSA K-9 team for the Amtrak Police Department. And last but not least, Jag, "a critical K-9 component in hundreds of missions protecting his fellow soldiers" retired 5 years ago.

 

 

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“These remarkable dogs have given us their best," Lois Pope said of the canine veterans. "They have put their own lives on the line to protect us, to defend us, and to save us."

 

 

 

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These dogs are amazing. 

 

 

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