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The Dog That Cornered Osama Bin Laden! …and the Canadian Connection


When U.S. President Barack Obama


went to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, a couple of months ago for a highly publicized but very private meeting with the commando team that killed Osama bin Laden, only one of the 81 members of the super-secret SEAL DevGru unit was identified by name: Cairo, the war dog. Cairo, like most canine members


of the elite U.S. Navy SEALs, is a Belgian Malinois. The Malinois breed is similar to German Shepherd but smaller and more compact, with an adult male weighing in the 65-pound range.


man-dog parachute deployment, jumping from more than 30,100 feet up, the altitude transoceanic passenger jets fly. Both Forsythe and Cara were wearing oxygen masks and skin protectors for the jump. Here’s a photo from that jump,


taken by Andy Anderson for K9 Storm Inc. (more about those folks shortly).


special ops experts, able to perform extraordinary military missions by Sea, Air and Land (thus the acronym). The dogs carry out a wide range


(German shepherds are still used


as war dogs by the American military but the lighter, stubbier Malinois is considered better for the tandem parachute jumping and rappelling operations often undertaken by SEAL teams. Labrador retrievers are also favored by various military organizations around the world.) Like their human counterparts,


the dog SEALs are highly trained, highly skilled, highly motivated


of specialized duties for the military teams to which they are attached: With a sense of smell 40 times greater than a human’s, the dogs are trained to detect and identify both explosive material and hostile or hiding humans. The dogs are twice as fast as a fit


human, so anyone trying to escape is not likely to outrun Cairo or his buddies. The dogs, equipped with video


cameras, also enter certain danger zones first, allowing their handlers to see what’s ahead before humans follow. As I mentioned before, SEAL


dogs are even trained parachutists, jumping either in tandem with their handlers or solo, if the jump is into water. Last year canine parachute


instructor Mike Forsythe and his dog Cara set the world record for highest


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As well, the dogs are faithful,


fearless and ferocious, incredibly frightening and efficient attackers. I have seen it reported repeatedly


that the teeth of SEAL war dogs are replaced with titanium implants that are stronger, sharper and scare-your- pants-off intimidating, but a U.S. military spokesman has denied that charge, so I really don’t know (never having seen a canine SEAL face-to- face). I do know that I’ve never seen a photo of a war dog with anything even vaguely resembling a set of shiny metal chompers. When the SEAL DevGru team


(usually known by its old designation, Team 6) hit bin Laden’s Pakistan compound on May 2, Cairo’s feet


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