TV special shows glory, trauma of military dogs

Animal PlanetThis publicity photo provided by Animal Planet shows Air Force Tech. Sgt. Leonard Anderson and his bomb-detecting dog, Azza, an 8-year-old Belgian Malinois, in Afghanistan. The Animal Planet television special “Glory Hounds” included coverage of Anderson and his team when they embedded four camera crews with frontline troops for six weeks.
story by: The Associated Press
photos courtesy of: Animal Planet via AP
It’s been almost seven months since a bomb exploded on a strip of dirt in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Leonard Anderson can remember only a reassuring voice.
He has seen the ambush and its aftermath on film, though: The man behind the voice putting a tourniquet on Anderson’s leg as a medic tended to the other, listening to his own cries for help and his dog’s whines of worry.
The blast that severely wounded the military dog handler was captured on film by one of four camera crews that were embedded with front line troops last year. The voice that reassured him belonged to Craig Constant, a cameraman for Animal Planet’s “Glory Hounds” TV special, which will air Thursday.
It took the network a year to get permission to film the two-hour special, which followed the animals into combat zones where insurgents and buried explosives could be around any bend or under any pile of dirt.
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