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Military Service Dog Retires to Florida

Life wasn't always so easy for the 70-pound Jukon. He…

Life wasn’t always so easy for the 70-pound Jukon. He was an explosives detection and patrol dog for the military in hot, dusty Iraq. His job was to nose ahead of his handler to sniff out improvised explosive devices and other dangers.

In the past, military dogs were generally euthanized when their working days were done under the belief they would not make good pets. But the golden-black Belgian malinois is retired now and has his own chaise on which to lounge at the northwest Gainesville home of Judie and Richard Mindrum, along with seven cats as housemates.


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