A Soldier's Best Friend: The canine heroes of Afghanistan by Stephen Paul Stewart

By Stephen Paul Stewart

Army operating canine are silently successful the battle opposed to the world's deadliest insurgents; each day saving soldiers' lives within the most deadly nation on this planet. Many were rescue animals, overlooked or mistreated through their vendors prior to being given a brand new hire of existence at the entrance line. From the featureless plains of Helmand and Kandahar to army bases in Germany, military puppy groups paintings day and evening to maintain us secure yet, until eventually lately, their braveness and sacrifice has now not been absolutely understood or preferred.

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And he was a boxer mix with a severe underbite and a sweet personality. indd 49 3/26/13 2:52 PM Pabst with his “bitter-beer” face had the personality of a champion and won over the judges and the audience quickly. He’s pictured here with Karen “Doc” Halligan at the judges’ table before his pronouncement in 2009 as the World’s Ugliest Dog. indd 51 3/26/13 2:52 PM Miles was absolutely stunned by the victory and the level of attention. “I don’t think he’s that ugly,” he said. A crew from Animal Planet taped this show for Dogs 101.

These are dogs (and owners) with big personalities. indd 27 3/26/13 2:51 PM Nana & Yvonne Morones (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001) Nana, a tiny mutt weighing three pounds with curly black hair, a pink tongue and one good eye, rose to stardom through a six-year reign as champion. Animal lover Yvonne Morones found her in a kennel and fell immediately in love when Nana threw herself from the cage into Yvonne’s arms. After that they were inseparable. After her victory at the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest, Nana and Yvonne appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Reggie, with his irregular spurts of fur along the ridgeline of his back, made a run for the title a few times, placing but as yet not winning. A longtime contestant and member of the ugly-dog family, Heather returns just for the fun of it with her Mexican hairless dogs Reggie and Veronica. indd 42 3/26/13 2:52 PM Elwood & Karen Quigley (2007) A Chinese crested/Chihuahua mix, Elwood won the title in 2007 with his distinct looks. His bug eyes, Mohawk, and dangling tongue evoked ET. The audience adored him.

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