Thursday, July 8, 2010


The K9 above is Brutus, a military K9 at
McChord.. He's huge - part Boxer and part
British Bull Mastiff and tops the scales at
200 lbs. His handler took the picture. Brutus
is running toward me because he knows
I have some Milk Bone treats, so he's
slobbering away! I had to duck around a tree
just before he got to me in case he couldn't
stop, but he did. Brutus won the
Congressional Medal of Honor last year
from his tour in Iraq . His handler and four
other soldiers were taken hostage by insurgents.
Brutus and his handler communicate by sign
language and he gave Brutus the signal that
meant 'go away but come back and find me'.
The Iraqis paid no attention to Brutus. He
came back later and quietly tore the throat
out of one guard at one door and another
guard at another door. He then jumped against
one of the doors repeatedly (the guys were
being held in an old warehouse) until it opened.
He went in and untied his handler and they all
escaped. He's the first K9 to receive this honor.
If he knows you're ok, he's a big old lug and
wants to sit in your lap. Enjoys the company
of cats.. K-9 Congressional Medal of Honor

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