Bloodhound: “Pluto”, the Disney Character (1931-)
Pluto (also known as Pluto the Pup) is an animated cartoon made famous in a series of Disney short cartoons. Pluto, has most frequently appeared as Mickey Mouse’s pet dog. His first comics appearance was in the Mickey Mouse daily strips in 1931. He also had an independent starring role in a number of Disney shorts in the 1940s and 1950s. Pluto is unusual for a Disney character in that he is not anthropomorphized beyond showing an unusually broad range of facial expressions or upper-body movements at key points, like Goofy. He is actually represented as a normal dog: a bloodhound, although when the character appears at Disney theme parks, he walks upright on his two hind legs. Pluto was named after the dwarf planet Pluto which was discovered in 1930, the same year that the character was conceptualised, and thus is indirectly named after the Roman god of the underworld. Pluto was designed and supervised by Disney animator, Norm Ferguson.
Military dogs are dogs that are used to complement the various tasks that are needed to carry out a military operations. To some, this may seem to be contrary to humanitarian principles. But I look at it like this – This is how dogs first evolved – as a companion in hunting, and in fact, gun dogs like the Hungarian Vizsla are in use by even non military personnel.
All of a dog’s functions that are superior to those of a human, are used to round off an operation that would otherwise lack their fine capabilities. So let’s proceed by looking at a dog’s superior functions:
Smell and Hearing
The dog’s superior sense of smell, makes them very useful when used as Detection Dogs. These dogs are utilized to sniff out very small traces of the substance to be detected. They can include illegal narcotics, explosives, and even humans, as search dogs.
Speed and Aggressiveness
I know from experience that even a seasoned dog handler feels a chill up his spine when he sees a real threatening snarl from a German Shepherd. These dogs known as K9 (like ‘canine’) dogs are used to hunt down suspects, or prevent them from escaping. Apart from the German Shepherd, commonly used dogs also include the Doberman, and the American Pit Bull Terriers.
Easy to Train and Loyal
Dogs such as Attack Dogs can be specifically trained to chase and incapacitate (But not necessarily kill) targets. Dogs like the Irish Wolfhound are used for this purpose.
The loyalty of all the breeds are beyond question and all make excellent watchdogs, yet some breeds like the Bullmastiff are admirable guard dogs whose job doesn’t end with merely scaring away the intruder, but actively stopping them, and restraining them. Once again, the desired result can be easily achieved with training.
Are you serving in the military? Would you like to get a dog but not sure how and where? Read the story of a Command Chief Master Sgt. and his bulldog: how to buy a bulldog puppy when you are stationed in Europe.