Cpl. Bret Reynolds and Bernie, a retired military working dog, sit on their bed. Once her handler, now her proud owner, Reynolds is excited to be able to bring her home. Unlike many law enforcement working dogs, military working dogs live in kennels aboard the air station. Bernie's friendly nature makes getting along with Reynolds' other dogs a breeze, and Bernie enjoys playing with them, even at 11 years old.
In last week's post I sent a dispatch from Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas where I attended the DoD's K-9 Trials -- a dog team competition that hadn't been hosted there since 9/11. The competition itself spanned three long days. Each day every team had to complete a series of new tasks, which stretched from detaining unruly and aggressive "suspects" they encountered on a patrol, to multiple cordon searches for explosives (or for the narcotics dogs, drugs).
Jacques Cousteau and his first wife, Simone Cousteau, aboard their boat, Calypso. It's amazing to think of the wonderful and mysterious things that his dachshunds, which included red smooths 'Bulle' and 'Scaphandrier,' must have experienced in their travels with their beloved human. This photo is from 1959.
Usually airline passengers side with flight attendants when it comes to safety, but in the case of a US Airways flight Wednesday night, passengers rallied around a blind man and his guide dog and disembarked en masse.