Would You Take a Bullet For Your Dog?

Dogs are often noted as heroes in the news, but in this case, army dog handler Sgt. Aaron Yoder took a bullet for his black lab, Bart, during a gun fight in Southern Afghanistan earlier this month. The Taliban has begun to target these soldier dogs because of their amazing bomb-sniffing skills in an attempt to neutralize the effectiveness of IED detection teams. Soldiers have been known to wrap their Kevlar-covered bodies around the dogs to protect these valuable team members.

Sgt. Aaron Yoder being airlifted with war dog Bart after being shot in his right leg. Photo: Baz Ratner/Reuters.

Yoder was shot in the leg and was successful in protecting Bart from injury. Sgt. Yoder has been transported to Texas where he has undergone six surgeries. According to the Facebook page that has been set up to share updates, Bart has arrived in the United States, but has not made it to San Antonio to be reunited with Aaron as of 04/24/12. Visit the Aaron and Bart Updates page on Facebook to learn more and share your support.

Update 05/03/12: Sgt. Aaron Yoder and Bart are Reunited!

8 thoughts on “Would You Take a Bullet For Your Dog?

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  2. It was a very nice story. So glad that the two were reunited. Sorry about the injury to Yoders leg. I hope that he is doing well. Thank you for protecting us.

  3. yes i would take a bullet for my dog it so heartwarming for dogs in service to be recognised as the heros they are! such an awsome story thatnks for shareing

  4. Thank you for your great videos! What is your take on the Gentle Leader heard colalr? I’d love to hear your opinion. We recently adopted a rescued 1.5 year old Sato from Puerto Rico and we’ve had challenges teaching her to walk on a leash. The Gentle Leader has made a huge difference and it looks like it’s working well for us. Our dog does not like it but accepts it. From the dog’s perspective, are we doing the right thing? 

    • According to many dog trainers, even though dogs may appear subdued walking behind or beside you as you become their new pack leader, in actuality, they feel safer having humans do this because it takes the pressure off of the dog to be in control. Larger breeds need humans to guide them so that other people and dogs are safe around them, and smaller dogs REALLY need humans to be the pack leader so they don’t feel obligated to be something they are not equipped to be and turn into yappy, pushy, nippers. So don’t feel guilty for leading your dog with the Gentle Leader. It’s a win-win situation.

  5. My dog would risk life for me, I would risk mine for her. It’s no different then a parent protecting human child, my child has a tail.

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