Military bomb-sniffing dog comes home from Iraq traumatized with PTSD

Gina and her handler in Colorado AP Photo/Ed Adrieski

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 Gina, a 2-year-old, is now withdrawn from humans due to her condition.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.

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3 thoughts on “Military bomb-sniffing dog comes home from Iraq traumatized with PTSD

  1. According to the article, she is working lighter duty now. If you take a look at part 2 of the series, you will see these dogs can be adopted out or start to work with an agency. We agree though, belly rubs and a warm bed would be best.

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