Imagine being able to detect a smell from more than a kilometre away. Dogs can sniff out things from a greater distance than that.
The rapturous stories of the heroism and sacrifice of specially trained military and police dogs should not obfuscate the history of their ugly deployment against racialized peoples.
The Australian Defence Forces use dogs for many purposes, including sniffing out explosive devices, detecting narcotics, locating the wounded, and patrolling and protecting missions and bases.
Russia isn’t the only nation suspected of training marine mammals for military use – the US, UK, and Ukraine have all done so in the past.
Either medals or destruction appears to await canine companions from the battlefield.