Pre-FOJ Jitters

Who's More Handsome Than Uncle Sam?  I AM!!!

Who’s More Handsome Than Uncle Sam? I AM!!!

Last time you all saw Murphy, he had his Sir Francis Drake collar on after having several unseemly growths removed from his head and face. He has been maintaining radio silence for the last week, healing, and not trying to remove the latest round of stitches. I mentioned before that he is the lead arfie in the upcoming Fourth of July Parade, which is in TWO DAYS!!!! And I must say, his Royal Handsomeness is BAAAAACK! Well, how does he look? He still has the stitches in, which come out July 5th, but you can hardly see anything.

I haven’t had the heart to have him wear his satellite collar due to the horrendous heat wave. He seems to have stopped trying to remove the stitches and has been content to lie in front of the fan 24/7.

Did you know that dogs have been fighting alongside the U.S. soldiers for more than 100 years, seeing conbat in the Civil War and WWI? But their service was informal; only in 1942 were canines officially inducted into the U.S. Army. Today, they are a central part of the U.S. efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan-as of early 2010 the U.S. Army had 2800 active duty dogs deployed. And these numbers will continue to grow as these dogs become an ever-more-vital military asset.

Labradors that work with the armed forces are officially called “Military Working Dogs” and were mainly counted in as members of Combat Tracker Teams (CTT’s).

Murphy and his friends will be paying tribute to these wonderful dogs in the Fourth of July Parade! Stay tuned for fantastic photos over the next several days.

More interesting facts to follow as FOJ nears!

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