According to the United States War Dog Association, over 1,000 military working dogs are on duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. When these pups are in action, explosive detection rate jumps to as high as 80 percent. General David H. Petraeus once said that military working dogs outperform any other asset in the Army's inventory. These brave and courageous pups are valued members of our country's military.
Recently I found out that you can support these dogs by sending care packages to war canines and their handlers via the United States War Dog Association. This non-profit organization has been sending goodies to military pups all over the world since 2003. There's a full list of needed items on their web site, but here are a few examples of commonly requested items:
Canine cooling mats and coats
Canine nail clippers, brushes and combs
Canine salves for paws/noses
Canine toothpaste and toothbrushes
Kongs and heavy duty chew toys
Collapsible nylon dog water bowls
Dog treats made in the USA
And don't forget the handlers! Some of the suggested items or the humans include chapstick, sun block, chewing gum, and beef jerky.