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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-29-2009, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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Recruited to serve and sniff — again

This article was in the Washington Post and is now on msnbc.com
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29941206/

Rambo sounds the warning as soon as the kennel door at Bolling Air Force Base creaks open, a ferocious, thunderous bark as loud and persistent as a jackhammer. In the next stalls, Rocky goes berserk, spinning in tight circles like a top, and Jess, ears perked, bounces excitedly up and down.

Then there's Timi. He stays silent, his head bowed, ears bent. He stands motionless, averting his gaze.

Timi has always been the oddball of the kennel in Southwest Washington, "the quirky one," said Air Force Staff Sgt. Timothy Evans, his trainer. The dog is also an Iraq war veteran, and according to his medical file, he has nightmares "characterized by violent kicking." His veterinarian says he has had "readjustment issues" since coming home -- although not severe enough to prevent him from returning to the field.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-29-2009, 06:06 PM
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Excellent article. Thanks for posting. A bit sad. There is probably PTSD for dogs too but in Timi's case they seem to handle it better in their waking hours. It'll be interesting to see if they consider Timi adoptable after his tour of duty, or if there is anything special they will do for his "PTSD".
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Its a really great article. Thanks

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So sad

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