War Dog: A Soldier's Best Friend—Introduction (02:27)
A soldier reads a letter to his fallen comrade. After 9/11, shadow warriors deployed with multi-purpose K9s; less than 1% of military K9s participate in special operations.
Military Dogs: Layka and Benno (05:40)
Trainers work with Belgian Malinois at the Quapaw, OK training facility. Trent McDonald became a Ranger to kill terrorists. He recalls meeting Benno while overseas and describes the events that led to Benno's death in Afghanistan.
Layka's Sixth Mission (08:04)
McDonald began working with Layka when he returned to the U.S. During the mission, an enemy combatant shot Layka, resulting in the amputation of her front limb. Layka undergoes a series of tests after the removal of her cast.
Canine Support (02:35)
McDonald discusses his bond with Layka who likes to hunt deer antlers. She helped him through his addiction to pain killers and his divorce.
Ranger Dog: Mika (05:23)
John Dixon tries to contact Deputy Paul Leslie; see portions of training videos. Dixon helped establish the Ranger Dog program and recalls working with Mika; he kept mementos from his time with her.
Ranger Dog to Police Dog (07:06)
Dixon was wounded during an ambush in Afghanistan; he recalls moments of lucidity and waking up in the hospital. Mika stayed in Afghanistan while he was medevacked to the U.S. She suffered from PTSD and was retired out to a police department; Dixon hoped to get her back one day.
Mika's Future? (05:16)
Leslie discusses what he knows of Mika's past and building a bond with her; he loves her like one of his children. Leslie and Dixon talk on the phone; Leslie does not want to return Mika to Dixon. Dixon would like to help care for Mika.
Ranger Dog: Nuke (06:20)
Dixon's wife reflects on his feelings for Mika. Dixon visits a military friend who received custody of his dog Nuke; Dixon uses a bite sleeve. Donovan Hunter reflects on Dixon waiting for Mika.
Custody Dispute (06:39)
Leslie and his wife were surprised by Dixon's request for Mika. Dixon often dreams about Mika; he stays active to avoid thinking about unpleasant things. Leslie cut off all communication with Dixon; Mika died in October 2017.
Military Dog: Pepper (06:49)
Dave Nielsen reflects on the "war after the war" and losing Pepper. He recalls becoming a K9 handler, learning to work with Pepper, and building a bond.
Pepper's Last Mission (07:15)
Nielsen visits a war dog memorial and reflects on the link between handler and dog. He recalls the mission in Iraq where Pepper flushed out the enemy and disappeared.
Remembering Pepper (03:08)
Nielsen constantly thinks about the night Pepper went missing; he reviews surveillance footage. He believes one day they will meet again.
Credits: War Dog: A Soldier's Best Friend (01:43)
Credits: War Dog: A Soldier's Best Friend
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