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War Dog’s Tale: Film Follows Navy SEAL, German Shepherd

Evening Edition Host Peggy Pico speaks with former Navy Seal Trevor Maroshek about the new film "SEAL Dog."

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Event Info

What: "SEAL Dog" documentary film

When: 8 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Smithsonian Channel

An unusual type of veteran is receiving attention this Veterans Day.

SEAL Dog,” a new documentary about dogs who are trained by Navy SEALS to provide life-saving support in war zones, will premiere at 8 p.m. Wednesday on the Smithsonian Channel.

While most military dogs are trained in one area of expertise, SEAL dogs are trained in five: explosive detection, search and rescue, laser target acquisition, sixth sense training, and bite work.

“By the nature of our job, there is no limit,” Trevor Meroshek, a former Navy SEAL featured in the documentary, told KPBS Midday Edition on Tuesday.

Meroshek, who lives in Imperial Beach and joined the Navy after the 9/11 attacks, said dogs are trained with the help of experts from around the world.

“We have to be very versatile,” Meroshek said. “Chopper, for example, saved my life on multiple occasions.”

After retiring from the Navy, Meroshek formed the SEAL Dog Foundation, a group that connects war veterans with service dogs. Chopper retired with Meroshek.

Charles Poe, executive producer of the documentary, said the relationship between SEALs and their service dogs is extraordinary.

“We felt privileged that Trevor came to us with this story,” Poe said. “You’re going to get a sense of how Trevor met Chopper and how Chopper became a SEAL dog.”

“It’s very rare to get access to the Navy SEALs.”

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