As a video producer for National Geographic magazine’s recent cover story on Hero Dogs, I had a difficult task ahead of me. I would be interviewing a number of canine handlers who had served in Vietnam alongside military working dogs. Several of these men had lost a dog in combat, and all of them had to part with their dogs when their tour of duty ended (while a soldier’s commitment was typically one year, the dogs remained active as long as they were healthy enough to do so).
It wasn’t until years after the war ended that they learned the fate of the dogs they’d been forced to leave behind: Of the more than 4,000 dogs sent to serve in Vietnam, only about 200 returned to the States; the rest were euthanized or turned over to the Vietnamese.
Hero Dogs: More Than a Best Friend —National Geographic
Shared on Jul 10, 2014