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Bomb-sniffing military dog
denied burial alongside
handler´s army family despite
serving nine tours in Afghanistan

Daily Mail (UK), by Joshua Gardner

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Posted By:JoniTx, 1/25/2013 1:10:02 PM

A bomb-sniffing Army dog has been denied burial in a national cemetery, despite having served nine tours of duty in Afghanistan. Mina, a Labrador retriever, was honorably discharged at age 11 with the rank of sergeant and then adopted by his brother in battle, Army Sgt. Corey McCourt. Last week, Mina was euthanized at 13 after suffering a debilitating lung ailment. As McCourt continues his service duties, his mother June Etlinger got the job of finding a proper burial for Mina. McCourt asked that Mina be buried in Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: judy, 1/25/2013 1:21:08 PM     (No. 9138975)


welcome to the ussr

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Reply 2 - Posted by: jond, 1/25/2013 1:23:49 PM     (No. 9138982)

9 tours! What a trooper.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: feebie, 1/25/2013 1:46:33 PM     (No. 9139021)

Cremation. Then slip the ashes in with the handler when they pass away and are buried there. Seriously.

What a bunch of jerks.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: youngtexan, 1/25/2013 2:03:36 PM     (No. 9139051)

Dogs are war heroes too.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: the Other Guy, 1/25/2013 2:11:06 PM     (No. 9139060)

In addition to being retired military, I had to have my 12 year old Lab put down many years ago. As much as I still miss him and all the other animals my wife and I have had over the years, I don´t have a problem distinguishing between humans and animals. Burying an animal that has been a part of your life, if that´s your wish, is fine. Pick a spot that has some meaning to you and do it with whatever ceremony you like. Or none if that´s your choice. Just don´t confuse an animal for a person and do it in ground that has been dedicated to human remains and ground that has deeply held religious meaning for many who have family buried there.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: laotzu, 1/25/2013 2:18:40 PM     (No. 9139073)

Oh, God. Here come the dog stories.

Somebody just has to invent a new English word for dog owners who won´t shut up about their hobby.

Anthropomorphist is too general and lengthy. That would cover Pet Rock owners, too.

How ´bout canineists (and felineists). Kind of connotes the fetishistic dimension of the relationship.




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Reply 7 - Posted by: lil dotty, 1/25/2013 2:23:06 PM     (No. 9139085)

Thank you, Mina. Good service. If there are no dogs in Heaven, then it isn´t Heaven Our Lord holds you close as well.



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Reply 8 - Posted by: Mollygoose, 1/25/2013 2:28:51 PM     (No. 9139093)

How about jerkist, #7, for cranky animal haters. Yeah, I like that - you´re a jerkist.





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Reply 9 - Posted by: US Veteran, 1/25/2013 2:48:59 PM     (No. 9139137)

However frolicking bone smokers, pathetic peter puffers and revolting rump riders are all welcome...

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Hikergal, 1/25/2013 2:56:16 PM     (No. 9139150)

Our family defender was cremated and his ashes spread a top my Joe´s grave in a military cemetery it´s what we the family wanted. While our boy was not a military dog he stood watch while Joe was at sea.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: readaholic, 1/26/2013 12:04:08 AM     (No. 9139881)

Go to hell, #7.

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