Michael's Dispatches

Jingle Bombs, Jingle Bombs

Jingle all the Way

1 April 2009

Last night on the Pakistan-Afghan border

Soldiers call these colorful beasts “jingo trucks” because of all the chains and bells that make them sound like road chimes.  Jingle trucks ply the roads of places like Nepal, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, often dangerously overloaded with just about anything imaginable.  Like explosives and blasting caps, for instance.

This fella was steaming into Afghanistan last night.

Complete with hidden compartments.

Hidden compartments don’t mean much to man’s best friend.  This working puppy found enough Emulite to kill hundreds of people.  Needless to say, the soldiers and contractors treat these dogs like royalty.  There is no exaggeration whatsoever in saying that the working dogs are treated far better than our soldiers.  (Not that anyone complains, but it is humorous for everyone to see that the dogs get treated even better than Air Force personnel, who are treated 2x better than soldiers, who are treated 5x better than Marines.  That means bomb dogs are treated at least 10x better than Marines.)

And this is why they get treated better.  This dog might have saved hundreds of lives.  Our canine hero found an impressive stash of the industrial grade explosive called Emulite.

The company that makes it:


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