This is the first of a two part series. The second part, how you can help and information about the Military Dog Foundation, will be posted Thursday.
An article in the Asbury Park Press reveals that a skilled trained bomb sniffing German Shepard returned home with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. In Iraq, Gina would assist a military team sometimes using noisy, blinding, “flash-bang” grenades prior to the team kicking down a door. In addition, Gina was once in a convoy when another vehicle was hit by an improvised bomb. Gina, a 2-year-old, is now withdrawn from humans due to her condition.
Gina returned home after her 6 month deployment in Iraq and she is being reconditioned back into work. Currently she is searching for explosives on cars coming into a military base in CO. She still has a fear of doorways.
We hope people realize that these dogs helping the troops are subject to the same stresses that military personnel are. This is a disturbing story, but hopefully Gina will recover from her stress.
We realize she is a trained military dog, but if you are like us, you want to adopt her and just give her lots of love and belly rubs.
Check back Thursday for Part Two.