Home
Guest Posts
Print|Text Size: ||
A Different Sort of War Dog [Video]
Scenes from the life of a therapy dog deployed in Afghanistan
Hank on the job in Afghanistan.

Prepare for a double take in these videos from the Army’s 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment filmed in mid-April. A three-year-old Boston Terrier relaxes inside an armored vehicle defended by at least one visible gunner stationed in a hatch. He walks down dusty war-ravaged roads. Plays fetch and relaxes in sandbagged shelters.

How did this spunky, little pup end up here? His “therapy dog” vest is the key. Hank is a service dog deployed to Kunar Province, Afghanistan with Army psychologist Captain Katie Kopp as part of a new combat stress initiative. Hank is there to comfort the soldiers and help make Capt. Kopp more approachable.

I have mixed feelings watching Hank in a war zone. He looks so vulnerable in this context. But when I see and hear how the soldiers react to Hank and witness the nuts and bolts of his life (the b-roll)—plenty of stimulation, activities, interaction and play—I think his is a more engaged and meaningful existence than many dogs have here at home.

B-roll scenes from Hank’s deployment:

Interview with Capt. Katie Kopp, Brigade Psychologist, Co. C, 704 BSB, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, and Sgt. Nahum Campos, Infantry Soldier, HHC 2-12 Infantry, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division:

Print

Lisa Wogan lives in Seattle and is the author of, most recently, Dog Park Wisdom.

Order Dog Park Wisdom

More From The Bark

By
Kate VandenBerghe
By
Julia Kamysz Lane
By
Debra J. White
More in Guest Posts:
Engineering Students Build a Custom Wheelchair
Reacting to Behavior Before Departures
Dogs and Dreidels
Falling While Walking a Dog
The Ultimate Holiday Gift
Dog Lies Down After Police Command
Study Finds BPA in Canned Dog Food—and Dogs
A Lost Dog Spent the Night
Biff the Boxer Stars in John Lewis Ad
Service Dog Kicked Off Flight For Being Too Big