The United States Coast Guard has long had a tradition of having canine mascots aboard their ships. I don’t know when or where it started, but is is a rich tradition and one much beloved by the Coast Guard crews.
This video, though, takes that tradition to a whole other level. We have known about military service dogs and their valuable skills on and around the battlefield with the military services, but the Coast Guard uses dogs and those same skills in the varied environments that they are missioned with as well.
These Coast Guard dogs are used in situations on land, on the sea and in the air. Like other service dogs they are trained for a variety of purposes. With the Coast Guard, one of the major missions for these dogs is, of course, sniffing out drugs in a variety of circumstances and situations. They are also trained in helicopter rescue work and in helping take down and control the bad guys.
In other words, they are just like their counterparts in the other services.
As we all know, these dogs and their handlers have unique and very tight knit relationships. You will see that in this video as a couple of these Coast Guardsmen talk about their dogs. They have their professional teamwork, but there is much more to it than that. Enjoy the video.
The Veterans Site thanks all those Coast Guardsmen and their canine partners for the incredible work they do together to keep our nations coast, rivers and lakes safe for all of us. Keep up the great work! Semper Paratus!
Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site Blog.