Working Dogs honored for their service

Pacific Paratrooper

Sgt. Wes Brown & Isky Sgt. Wes Brown & Isky

WASHINGTON — During a routine perimeter check in the desert of Afghanistan, Isky found a roadside bomb. He had come to a complete stop, sitting near the explosive device, patiently waiting for orders from his best friend, Army Sgt. Wess Brown.

The IED – buried two feet deep – was a 120-pound bomb. Isky, a German shepherd military working dog, had just saved countless lives.

For his service, he was honored on Capitol Hill – along with three other dogs – with the first-ever K-9 Medal of Courage. It is the nation’s highest honor for military dogs, acknowledging their extraordinary valor and service, awarded by the American Humane Association.

Isky found at least five deadly IEDs and 10 weapon caches as an explosive-detection dog deployed with Brown in July 2013. The two spent a year protecting U.S. political leaders, including President Barack Obama.

Isky and…

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The dreadful, the dead, and the ridiculous.

White Padded Room

If you assume that there is no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, that there are opportunities to change things, then there is a possibility that you can contribute to making a better world. ~Noam Chomsky

This is an interesting quote because, for me, I have assumed for most of my life that there was no hope for me.  As long as I wallowed in that assumption, there simply wasn’t.


“Hopeless land” is what I term dreadful.  It’s full of constantly shifting gray shapes where the terrain is spiky, rocky, and the ground is not always level.  There is never a beginning or an end.  This is how I’ve chosen to live within my chronic illness.

I’ve been cocky, arrogant, and scared shitless.  I’ve always been clinging to my pain in dark corners like a bad…

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