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What happens to K9s after their time of military service is completed? Those who make it back often return, like their soldier counterparts, with PSTD, while others return with no problems. If the dog is fortunate, his handler, the person who knows him best, will adopt him. Otherwise, the animal is put up for adoption. Mims recounts the story of Doc, who was an IED sniffing dog who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and is now living in retirement.
Our State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 81 Issue 6, Nov 2013, p164-166, 168, 170, 172-176, 178, il Periodical Website
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“Atomic” alluded to his survival of the Baker day bomb set off on Bikini Island. Geiger was inspired by the discovery that he’d not been contaminated by radiation. As for sweet, that could refer to the disposition he displayed during his six month Marine stint and radiation- free status. More information about his military history could be viewed in the attached United Press article.
Sea Chest (NoCar F 262 D2 S42), Vol. 2 Issue 1, Summer 1974, p41-47