I want to introduce a great friend and former teammate Mike Ritland.  Mike and I were squad mates in third phase in BUD/S training and did our first platoon together at SEAL Team 3.  He’s mentioned in my book The Red Circle more than a few times.

Fast forward and today my friend Mike runs one of the best Military Working Dog companies in the world. Mike will not tell you who his clients are, but I know that he’s supplying some of the top units in the world with bad ass K-9s.  He’s hooking me up with my own laser guided furball soon; I can’t wait to have some damn k-9 companionship in my life, man’s best friend is no joke (and no bitching that I’m staying out late with the guys…)
MWDs have been critical in HVT detection and most importantly IED and explosives detection.  We have more than a few of these dogs around in the SOF community with multiple KIAs.  Gnarly stuff….

Thanks for joining team SOFREP Mike.  Enjoy this article and join me in welcoming Mike!


Executive Media Director for SOFREP.com

The Dogs of War

by: Mike Ritland

Mankind has been engaged in combat as long as records have been kept regarding the subject. While the reasons have varied as to why men have pitted themselves against one another, there has been but one constant that continues to stand the test of time. Dogs.  We have been using dogs to aid us in combat from the very beginning. It’s interesting that no matter how technologically advanced the human race becomes, with trillions of dollars of equipment on the battlefield, we still utilize dogs in combat at a very high level. We depend on them constantly to guide us, defend us, alert us, and save us.  I believe it to be testament to the genetic capabilities of the animals, as well as the ability of mankind to recognize, modify, adapt, and harness these traits to our advantage for thousands of years.