NPR – Civilian Life Taught This Military Dog Some New Tricks
As a dog handler in the Marines, it was Jose Armenta’s job to walk ahead of his platoon and search for roadside bombs with his dog, Zenit, a German shepherd trained for explosives detection. In 2011, while searching for IEDs planted by the Taliban in Afghanistan, a bomb they didn’t detect exploded. Armenta narrowly survived, but both his legs had to be amputated above the knee. Zenit was uninjured and redeployed with a new handler.