Dog abandoned by Russian troops found new owners in the Ukrainian army

“Older men declare war. But it is the youth who must fight and die.” The words spoken by Herbert Hoover ring true today. We are celebrating the 90th day of the Russo-Ukrainian War and the horrors that continue to unfold daily with little to no negotiations. However, we have seen quite a bit of heroism and hope seeping through the rubble, and today I will tell you one such story.

The Ukrainian military found a dog left behind by Russian soldiers after they retreated from one of the villages. A puppy named Max fell in love with the soldiers and became part of their team. Let’s get into the details!

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The beautiful service dog was abandoned by Russian troops as they retreated from the village during its liberation by Ukrainian soldiers.

Image credits: 19 Nikolaev Regiment of Public Order NGU

Against the backdrop of the ongoing invasion of Ukraine, a three-year-old Belgian Malinois was abandoned by Russian soldiers while retreating from a village in the Mykolaiv region during its liberation. Now the puppy is being trained by Ukrainian soldiers to help them in the war effort.

There has been some speculation that the soldiers found the dog almost starving on the battlefield, surviving on rotten scraps, however we have not found a reliable source or point of reference for this narrative. However, the story told by those who have been in contact with the dog is quite helpful.

It is believed that the dog was frightened by the ongoing hostilities and ran away with the others.

Image credits: 19 Nikolaev Regiment of Public Order NGU

National Guard of Ukraine shared the story on their official Facebook page, stating: “From now on, the Nikolaev National Guard has a trophy dog ​​named Max.

“The sheepdog belonged to the invaders of the Russian Guard, who captured one of the villages in the Nikolaev region. During the liberation of the territory, they were crushed by Ukrainian defenders, and several service animals fled from the area. One of the families adopted Max.

He managed to find his way to the village, and one local woman, after feeding him, decided to shelter him along with her German Shepherd.

The family in question came into contact with Max when the puppy wandered into their village in search of food. Valentina Doubush offered him food, and later he just jumped over the fence and stayed in her yard. “He ran up to the fence and looked into the yard. I took the pot of food to him, and then he jumped over the fence, ran up to me and followed me into the kitchen. That’s how he stayed,” he said. Valentine.

He befriended the family’s German Shepherd named Sima and lived with her for a while. When the news began to spread that a fighting dog lives in the village, different people began to offer money for him to Valentina. The woman said that the offers started from 15,000 hryvnia (about 500 euros), but she rejected everything. She decided to donate the dog to the Ukrainian army in case it could be useful.

After a long debate about what to do with the dog, the woman offered it to Ukrainian forces, hoping it would come in handy.

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The soldiers accepted the dog, quickly examining him at the meeting. Max was wearing a camouflage collar issued by a Russian hound with the inscription “5.45 Defender”, indicating the puppy’s origin. The special embroidery of the fighting dog on the collar said that his name was Bucks, but the name Max was chosen by his new owner, the fighter and dog handler “Riddick”.

Riddick said Svidok that he was afraid that the dog would not accept a new owner so soon after the previous one. “Our acquaintance was very unusual for me. There was fear, because the dog is not so familiar to me. But Max immediately approached me – we immediately found a common language with him, ”said the soldier.

He noted that the dog is trained to search for weapons, ammunition and arrest and is ready to fight. So far, the dog has been executing commands only in Russian, but it quickly learns to respond to Ukrainian commands as well.

The dog handler found a Russian hound collar, which indicated its origin, but everything seemed to be in order with the puppy itself. He decided to name the dog Max

Image credits: 19 Nikolaev Regiment of Public Order NGU

The pup has since befriended his new owner named Riddick, who will teach the pup Ukrainian commands for finding weapons and ammo.

Image credits: 19 Nikolaev Regiment of Public Order NGU

Now he was transferred to a sapper dog. Dmitry, a member of the Ukrainian National Guard, said: “We are very grateful to the family for choosing to hand over the dog to the Ukrainian military rather than sell it.”

“From now on, Max will serve on the right side, defend Ukraine and chew Russian asses.” His friend added: “Max has become a real favorite of the guards. We cannot understand why the Russians left such a beautiful animal.”

“From now on, Max will serve on the right side, defend Ukraine and gnaw Russian asses,” the soldier said.

Image credits: 19 Mikolayevsky Regiment of Public Order NGU (photo not real)

Well, they might not have had a choice, especially if the dogs ran away in fright. In accordance with Tractiondogs are able to hear sounds with a frequency of 15 to 50,000 vibrations per second.

By comparison, humans can only pick up sounds at between 20 and 20,000 vibrations per second, so loud noises could cause dogs to go into fight or flight mode. Luckily, one of the puppies was able to find safety and will be well taken care of.

Another pup named Patron has been sniffing out bombs and ammunition, and even received an award from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for his efforts. KristenBellTattoos.com wrote an article about it, if you want to read it click here.

The war is already 90 days old, but the spirit of the Ukrainian people is strong with the hope of victory

Image credits: General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (photo not real)

war doesn’t seem to stop anytime soon. Peace talks are still in progress as President Zelensky said Vladimir Putin was the only Russian official he was willing to meet with to discuss how to end the war. Meanwhile, the first Russian serviceman has been sentenced to life imprisonment for war crimes committed against the Ukrainian people.

Zelenskiy is pushing for additional European sanctions against Russia, calling for a full oil embargo, the separation of Russian banks from the global financial system, the complete isolation of the Russian IT sector, and a ban on trade with Russia.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. 6.5 million people were declared refugees, and millions more were forced to flee their homes. A soldier named “Kipish” recalled the many wars that Russia fought, stating in facebook A post shared by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine: “Centuries go by, but they do not change, remaining a horde.”

Since 2015, Kipish, as part of several units, has defended Ukraine from Russian aggression. He stated that “it can’t be that two people are fighting and there is no winner. Ukraine will win! For us – all civilized countries. I hope the world understands that it needs to rise up now and isolate Russia before it’s too late.”

We wish Max and his newfound family all the best and hope he can retire soon.

Image credits: 19 Nikolaev Regiment of Public Order NGU

We continue to monitor the ever-changing situation in Ukraine. If you would like to show your support, you can find resources to do so. here. We wish Max and his newfound family all the best and hope to hear more from them soon.

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