A Labor Day Photo Homage to Working Dogs

People are sure having trouble finding jobs these days, but there's no shortage of jobs for dogs. Here's a photo homage to these amazing, loyal,...


People are sure having trouble finding jobs these days, but there’s no shortage of jobs for dogs. Here’s a photo homage to these amazing, loyal, wonderful canines. It’s not inclusive of all canine careers, so consider it Working Dogs 101. Happy Labor Day, doggies!

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Kevin Reese and his military working dog Grek wait at a safe house before conducting an assault against insurgents in Buhriz, Iraq. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Stacy L. Pearsall)


An Aussie hard at work doing what he was born to do. Herding dogs with jobs tend to be very happy dogs. (Photo: Becky Parker. Justus Kennel)


Yoko, a guide dog in training in England, passes the "cat test" with flying colors. She remained utterly unruffled as Leo did his best to distract the young dog. Guide dogs rock! (Photo: Daily Mail)


A bomb-detecting dog finds a bomb inside a bag as part of its training during a certification ceremony for Internal Security Forces members, who trained dogs to detect bombs and drugs, for the security of Beirut international airport in Beirut September 11 last year. (Photo: Reuters/ Jamal Saidi)


Not all service dogs have jobs that are as obvious as this one. Less easily detectable jobs include helping people who are autistic, emotionally supporting those who have PTSD and severe anxiety, helping predict seizures, detecting diabetes, and being the ears of the deaf. (Photo: Canine Companions for Independence)


Search-and-rescue dogs work hard to find missing people, especially those in disasters. Here, a FEMA Urban Search and Rescue team member takes a well-deserved nap during the search of wreckage of the World Trade Center. (Photo: Andrea Booher/FEMA News)


K-9 Police Dog Cesar, of the Hamden, Conn. Police Department, is one of thousands of police dogs who put their lives on the line every day. He specializes in narcotics detection. He's in the driver's seat in operations where the nose is everything. Shown here with Officer John Battick. (Photo: Hamden Police Dept.)


Lifeguard dogs are a very welcome sight to distressed swimmers in Italy. These amazing dogs leap from helicopters and boats more adeptly than their human counterparts, who follow close and team with these amazing dogs for dramatic rescues. (Photo: AP/The Italian School of Canine Lifeguards)


Sometimes just being there is enough. Hospital therapy dogs give great comfort and provide welcome distractions to people in hospitals and nursing homes. (Photo: Andrea Mohin/The New York Times)

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