Vidar, a Belgian Malinois, was based in Afghanistan and is credited with saving the lives of many soldiers when he sniffed out hidden Taliban weapons. Years later, Vidar began showing signs of PTSD - a condition that is more common in humans, but can affect animals in combat as well. Scheduled to be put down, his life was saved by Angie, a medic and one of the soldiers whose life Vidar had saved. She brought him home with her where he is now recovering peacefully.
Amputee war dog Layka photographed by Martin Schoeller for National Geographic’s Dogs Of War issue.