Where do war dogs come from? When dogs were first inducted into the military in 1942, they were usually donated by or purchased from civilians. These days, while the demand for working dogs is so high that the Department of Homeland Security recently put out a call to civilians for viable canine candidates, war dogs are usually bred and trained by the military or private contractors. Most of them come from one place: Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas -- otherwise known as the "dog mecca for all service branches." According to Airman Magazine, the Lackland program is tasked with the goal of producing "at least 100 puppies each fiscal year."
Above, Rrisky, a Belgian Malinois puppy -- just like the one rumored to have gone on the bin Laden mission -- greets visitors at Lackland's kennels. The puppies names all are preceded with the letter "R" to show that they came from the "R" litter and to "indicate that they were bred through the program at Lackland."
U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III