Glory Hounds – (Animal Planet)
- Current Projects
Premiering Thursday, February 21, at 8 PM ET/PT.
When Osama Bin Laden was killed, a military working dog was part of the team on the ground, working alongside his handler to help capture him. Tens of thousands of military service men and women risk their lives in Afghanistan every day. Serving beside these heroes are approximately 600 military working dogs (MWDs), whose sole purpose is to protect soldiers and innocent civilians. These specialized dogs are highly trained to do what no man or technology can. The military relies on the dogs’ keen, canine sense of smell to sniff out, locate and signal for explosive devices and to track insurgents.
GLORY HOUNDS is a two-hour, first-of-its-kind special with Animal Planet’s filmmakers and embedded camera crews having unprecedented access to MWD teams in some of the most volatile regions in Afghanistan. Permission to film in the active war zone required more than a year of discussions among producers and four branches of the US Military. Upon gaining access, camera teams filming the stories told in GLORY HOUNDS acquired specialized training before spending six weeks in Afghanistan embedded with these troops.
Dogs are said to be man’s best friend. In Afghanistan, dogs are best friends, partners and comrades in arms; they’re also often the best defense against the Taliban’s weapon of choice –improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, hidden randomly in the sand. Because the MWDs are so adept at identifying these weapons before they explode, the dog teams have become one of the Taliban’s prime targets. While they’re providing invaluable intelligence, these dogs form unbreakable bonds with the handlers who train them. To their handlers, MWDs are not merely gear; they’re weapons with hearts, minds and souls.
In GLORY HOUNDS, as in war, some dogs and handlers come home, some return forever changed, and some don’t come home at all.
GLORY HOUNDS is produced for Animal Planet by Ten100. The film is directed and executive produced for Ten100 by John Dorsey and Andrew Stephan. Lisa Lucas is executive producer for Animal Planet. Vice president of production for Animal Planet is Jason Carey. Patrick Keegan is producer for Animal Planet.