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Sat Apr 25, 2020, 01:28 PM

Inside story of Cairo, the dog that helped catch Osama bin Laden

When Navy SEAL Will Chesney first met a military working dog named Cairo, he didn’t know this canine would be The One: a fearless warrior with a soft side, an attack dog who would know the difference between a baby and a bad guy, the lone non-human US soldier to raid Osama bin Laden’s compound in 2011.

Nope. Back on that fateful day in 2008, after Chesney decided to become a dog handler, he took his first instruction seriously — these dogs weren’t like pets. They were lethal weapons.

Despite that warning, handlers are dog people, and they know how profound this bond is. As Chesney writes in “No Ordinary Dog,” his new memoir of life and military service with this storied veteran (co-authored with Joe Layden), “Cairo was not my first choice. Might as well be honest about that.”

In fact, it was a dog named Bronco that Chesney wanted. Bronco was friendly; Cairo was standoffish. Bronco sometimes wanted to play; Cairo was all about work. Yet after two weeks of training, even as Chesney realized that Cairo was the exceptional dog, he was still resistant.

https://nypost.com/2020/04/16/inside-story-of-cairo-the-dog-that-helped-catch-osama-bin-laden/

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Sat Apr 25, 2020, 02:07 PM

1. That's a great read! Some people are as good as dogs, but not many. Mr. Khan's son,

Who chose to knowingly put himself between a car with explosives and his comrades in a room, displayed true heroism, soul overcoming brain. He and Cairo are both heroes and if I were in charge, animals would get medals.

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Sat Apr 25, 2020, 03:02 PM

2. Great Britain has a military honors medal to be

awarded to valiant warhorses. A few American horses were also recognized by GB for their bravery. I can't recall, by presumably they also award medals to hero military dogs too.

If they can acknowledge the selfless service and bravery of animals fighting in America's wars, so should we. It's a disgrace that we would use these animals, even to their deaths, and not award them for their valor.

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Sat Apr 25, 2020, 08:36 PM

3. To Cairo

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