Bulletproofed dogs are ready for another bin Laden-style raid
If you see this dog coming for you, run. Thanks to his extensive training — and customized body armor that can cost upward of $30,000 — he’s bulletproof, can hear through concrete and can record high-def video of missions, even in the dead of night.
Since the moment it was revealed that the “nation’s most courageous dog” (Update: named “Cairo”) served alongside the 80 Navy SEALs who took out Osama bin Laden, America’s fascination with war dogs has hit a fevered pitch. And while the heart-tugging photos of these four-legged heroes are worth a look, so is the high-tech gear that helps them do their job.
Continue reading… MSNBC

Bulletproofed dogs are ready for another bin Laden-style raid

If you see this dog coming for you, run. Thanks to his extensive training — and customized body armor that can cost upward of $30,000 — he’s bulletproof, can hear through concrete and can record high-def video of missions, even in the dead of night.

Since the moment it was revealed that the “nation’s most courageous dog” (Update: named “Cairo”) served alongside the 80 Navy SEALs who took out Osama bin Laden, America’s fascination with war dogs has hit a fevered pitch. And while the heart-tugging photos of these four-legged heroes are worth a look, so is the high-tech gear that helps them do their job.

Continue reading… MSNBC

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Vet Nicholas Dodman, on making end-of-life care decisions for your dog: “We listen carefully about what people  are telling us about a dog’s life and we look carefully at the dog. If they have reached a point where they have given up — they’re  basically lackluster, not enjoying life, not playing, not interacting,  haven’t responded to any therapies, losing interest in food and social  interactions — and nothing you can do can bring them back, you have to  think very seriously about what is the quality of life.”

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Vet Nicholas Dodman, on making end-of-life care decisions for your dog: “We listen carefully about what people are telling us about a dog’s life and we look carefully at the dog. If they have reached a point where they have given up — they’re basically lackluster, not enjoying life, not playing, not interacting, haven’t responded to any therapies, losing interest in food and social interactions — and nothing you can do can bring them back, you have to think very seriously about what is the quality of life.”