How cool is this...
When U.S. President Barack Obama went to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, for a
highly publicized, but very private meeting with the commando team that
killed Osama bin Laden, only one of the 81 members of the super-secret SEAL
DevGru unit was identified by name:
Cairo, the war dog.
Cairo, like most canine members of the elite U.S. Navy SEALs, is a Belgian
Malinois. The Malinois breed is similar to German shepherds but smaller
and more compact, with an adult male weighing in the 30-kilo range.
German shepherds are still used as war dogs by the American military but
the lighter, stubbier Malinois is considered better for the tandem
parachute jumping and rappelling operations often undertaken by SEAL teams.
Labrador retrievers are also favoured by various military organizations around
Like their human counterparts, the dog SEALs are highly trained, highly
skilled, highly motivated special ops experts, able to perform extraordinary
military missions by Sea, Air and Land (thus the acronym SEAL).
The dogs carry out a wide range of specialized duties for the military
teams to which they are attached: With a sense of smell 40 times greater than
a human's, the dogs are trained to detect and identify both explosive
material and hostile or hiding humans.
The dogs are twice as fast as a fit human, so anyone trying to escape is
not likely to outrun Cairo or his buddies.
The dogs, equipped with video cameras, also enter certain danger zones
first, allowing their handlers to see what's ahead before humans follow.
As I mentioned before, SEAL dogs are even trained parachutists, jumping
either in tandem with their handlers or solo, if the jump is into water. Last
year canine parachute instructor Mike Forsythe and his dog Cara set the
world record for highest man-dog parachute deployment, jumping from more than
30,100 feet up - the altitude transoceanic passenger jets fly at. Both
Forsythe and Cara were wearing oxygen masks and skin protectors for the jump.
As well, the dogs are faithful, fearless and ferocious incredibly
frightening" and efficient attackers.
When the SEAL DevGru team (usually known by its old designation, Team 6)
hit bin Laden's Pakistan compound on May 2, Cairo's feet would have been
four of the first on the ground.
And like the human SEALs, Cairo was wearing super-strong, flexible body
Armor and outfitted with high-tech equipment that included "doggles" -
especially designed and fitted dog goggles with night-vision and infrared
capability that would even allow Cairo to see human heat forms through
Now where on earth would anyone get that kind of incredibly niche hi-tech
From Winnipeg, of all places. (*NOTE: Not Made in China)
Jim and Gloria Slater's Manitoba hi-tech mom-and-pop business, K9 Storm
Inc., has a deserved worldwide reputation for designing and manufacturing
probably the best body Armour available for police and military dogs. Working
dogs in 15 countries around the world are currently protected by their K9
Storm body Armour.