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It turned out that Layka loved being around the family, and didn’t even mind being prodded and poked by a curious and extremely interested little toddler.

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McDonald stated that he was “happy that he did it [sent her into the building] because he’s still alive, and his buddies are still alive because of her actions.” And for that, he owed her his life.

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He also talked about Layka beginning to understand that she didn’t have to find a bomb in order to be able to play with a tennis ball, there would always be toys for her to play with in the garden.

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McDonald continued by saying, “if you bring him into a home environment they will adopt to that environment, because all animals learn to adopt and survive.”

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Many soldiers who have fought in battle alongside military dogs would argue that these animals are just like their brothers.

 

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He continued to say “I have a lot of respect for them, because they do stuff that I wouldn’t want to do, and stuff that 99% of America wouldn’t want to do.”