Fundraiser Help From British Army War Dogs
Wanted to pass along this article. The British military working dogs are doing a fundraiser to help out a British charity called Help for Heroes.
Attack dogs get their man in Afghanistan
30 April 2008
The Military Working Dogs Section in Afghanistan has come up with a novel way of raising money for the Help for Heroes charity campaign. The ‘Beat the Dog’ fundraiser event has volunteers paying for the opportunity to see if they can outrun a military attack dog.
The victims, politely referred to as intruders, don a protective bite-suit and helmet before starting their attempt. Under starter’s orders, the victims who have a substantial head start are released. Simultaneously, the Army handler advances and releases their dog. Running in what can only be described as a sumo suit, it is only a matter of time before the dog catches its victim. Hauling them to the floor and having a good chew on their sleeve.
Lieutenant Richard Campbell described the experience: “You just feel this awesome, powerful animal on your arm. Once he has got a hold he is taking you down. I did it for two reasons firstly for charity, and secondly because it is something completely different.”
The competition runs for the duration of 16 Air Assault Brigade’s summer tour and the winner will be the person who gets the furthest along the course before being apprehended and upended by the attack dog.
The event is not only an unusual way of raising money for charity but also provides important training for the dogs.
The Dog Section based in camp Bastion provides handlers and dogs that work in Helmand Province, Kandahar and Kabul. Military Working Dogs are trained in a variety of tasks from searching for arms and explosives to protecting bases, equipment and personnel.
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