It Is Sad When We Send Our Dogs to War

03/05/2010 2:21 PM |

This Wall Street Journal feature on Iraqi bomb-sniffing dogs with PTSD is obviously sad and upsetting (because putting innocents in harm’s way is generally so). But beyond the story of the shell-shocked Lab named Gunner, this line jumped out at me:

Zoom, another Lab, refused to associate with the Marines after seeing one serviceman shoot a feral Afghan dog.

Holy shit. Zoom, a canine conscientious objector. (Sure, he was bribed back into service with a few chews on a squeaky toy, but still, talk about species-wide loyalty.)