The American Humane Association, whose president, Robin Ganzert, was at the briefing, argue that the Department of Defense can change the rules for military dogs on its own, with no need for legislation. Whether the issue will be solved through legislation or not, it already has proponents on the Hill, including Representative Dina Titus (D-NV). "We always had a rule, if you want to get your bill passed, just show up with a dog, that always won people's hearts over," she said to NPR. During a Congressional hearing about the issue, veteran pups Ryky, Cila, and Thor came to help their humans tell their stories. Though the dogs seemed unfazed by all the attention, their owners and fellow veterans told emotional stories about their bond with their war dogs—and the bureaucratic headaches that were required in order to adopt them. Despite all this, these dogs seem to be having the kind of retirement that every service dog's dreams are made of. "We had some challenging times in Iraq, but we both made it out safely," Army veteran Jason Bos told McClatchy about his hero dog. "Now Cila is a couch potato. She's retired. She can eat what she wants. She can get fat...just be like a regular retired person." h/t to NPR. All images via Chris Adams/McClatchy News.
War hero Thor takes a nap. He is with his Marine. They were together in Afghanistan. Now, together in retirement. pic.twitter.com/80umdQu4Hr— Natalie DiBlasio (@ndiblasio) July 23, 2014