May 14, 2022
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BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s military has found a new mission in life for a talented dog who was rescued from abusive owners, recruiting 2-year-old Logan to serve in counterterrorism operations for an elite bomb squad.
The Belgian shepherd is undergoing intensive training as an explosives detection dog for the explosive ordnance disposal and warship regiment of the Hungarian Defense Forces.
At the unit’s garrison on the Danube River in the capital Budapest, Logan receives daily socialization and obedience exercises, and is trained to recognize the smell of 25 different explosive substances.
“He has already started to learn how to smell explosives in a completely homogeneous environment, and he has also started to learn how to search motor vehicles and ships,” said Logan’s trainer, Sgt. 1st Class Balazs Nemeth.
Logan’s new role as a bomb sniffer came only after an early life full of hardships. In 2021, animal welfare officers received a tip that a dog was being abused and held in inhumane conditions at a rural residence in northeastern Hungary. During an on-site inspection, the officers found Logan confined to a one-meter (3-foot) chain and suffering from malnourishment.
Several weeks later, Nemeth, the regiment’s training officer, visited the shelter where Logan was housed and began assessing his suitability for becoming a professional bomb sniffer.
“The moment we met him the first impressions were very positive. We saw a well-motivated dog in relatively good condition and we immediately had confidence in him,” Nemeth said.
In a demonstration at the unit’s garrison, Nemeth opened a case containing two dozen vials of mock explosive materials like C-4, TNT, ammonium nitrate and others, which Logan is trained to detect.
After concealing a small package of explosive in a hidden crevice on one of the regiment’s river boats, Nemeth brought Logan to the training area where he went immediately to work sniffing for the package, which he found within seconds. The dog’s body tensed as he pointed with his nose at the source of the smell, alerting his handler.
The regiment’s commanding officer, Col. Zsolt Szilagyi, said that the increased use of improvised explosive devices by extremist cells since the turn of the millennium have made it necessary to employ new methods for detecting potential bombs.
“This was a challenge to which the military had to respond, and one of the best ways to detect these devices is to use explosive detection dogs,” Szilagyi said. “These four-legged comrades have been supporting the activities of our bomb disposal soldiers.”
Logan, he said, will serve as an inspector of important sites in Hungary, and could be sent along with the country’s military to NATO missions abroad.
While rescued dogs often present challenges in training given their often traumatic backgrounds, Nemeth said he is confident that Logan will be successful and make a valuable addition to the unit.
“Logan is very valuable because about one out of 10,000 rescued dogs is fit for military service, both medically and psychologically,” he said.
Recruiting rescued dogs often reveals their undiscovered capabilities, and allows for them to find a new home where they can thrive, Szilagyi said.
“There are dogs that have great potential but for some reason they have been pushed to the margins,” he said. “We can give these dogs a new opportunity to be placed in a family, so to speak, where they can live a proper life in loving, competent hands and be useful.”
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Teen Mom Leah Messer locks herself in dressing room & REFUSES to come out after storming off set in explosive reunion
LEAH Messer locked herself in her dressing room and refused to come out after storming off stage during the reunion episode.
The Teen Mom 2 star marched off the set once she was interrogated about her ex-best friend Kailyn Lowry.5Leah locked herself in her dressing roomCredit: MTV 5She commanded that the show producers leave her aloneCredit: MTV 5Leah stormed off set after Dr Drew raised the topic of KailynCredit: MTV
Now clips from Tuesday's episode showed Leah, 30, locking herself in the dressing room as producers tried to coax her out.
In the tense scene, the reality star could be heard telling the crew that she's "not going to be disrespected."
"I'm not talking about Kail. Give me ten minutes, leave me alone, thank you," she snapped.
"Okay, you made your point," the producers replied before closing the door.Read more on Leah MesserNOT MESSER-ING AROUND Teen Mom Leah says she's 'sick and tired' of feud with Kailyn'NONE OF THAT S**T!' Teen Moms Leah Messer and Ashley Jones storm off season reunion set TENSE MOMENT
Leah and her co-star Ashley Jones both stormed off stage during the season reunion aired on Tuesday after host Dr Drew raised the topic of their friend Kailyn, 30.
The TV personality was absent from the reunion couch, and her name brought up different reactions from the remaining Moms.
It all began when the physician addressed the fact that Kailyn, who left the show midseason, was not present for the reunion discussions.
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"Any idea why that would be?"
As Leah responded that she had no idea, Jade Cline broke out in laughter, answering for her.
"We have an idea," Jade stated flatly. "They don't get along."
The mother of one's comment referred to Briana DeJesus' tense relationship with the missing star after defeating her defamation lawsuit in court.
Briana agreed: "She'll never sit next to me on the couch," she admitted.
"Never."FEUD WITH LEAH
Leah continued on to explain that she hasn't been talking to Kailyn much since she left the show.
Drew then tried to dig deeper into an apparent rift between the two that started while she was filming Teen Mom Family Reunion, but he didn't get far.
"She was upset about a self-growth post," Leah explained.
"But as far as anything other than that, I have no idea."
As she finished her answer, Ashley suddenly stood up and walked off the set.
On her way out, she told Drew: "I'm going to let you all talk about Kail without me, cause I don't wanna be in none of that s**t."
Leah quickly joined her, simply saying on her way out: "I agree."
Briana seemed to smirk as the two ladies left the stage, asking Dr Drew what he would really like to know.
Then Briana speculated there may be more to the situation than viewers know: "I think Kail no longer wants to be Leah's friend because Leah's nice to me.
"That's what it comes down to."
Briana then revealed she had a conversation with Leah backstage, moments before the reunion show.
"I said, 'Hey, if you want a friendship with Kail, like, me and you don't have to be friends. I don't even have to look at you. We can keep distance if you worship that friendship with Kail. And that was it.'"KAILYN'S CLAP BACK
While she may not have been on the couch, Kailyn watched the episode at home, and responded on Instagram: "I have never been upset with Leah for going on TMFR.
"In fact, I supported her, and told her to go and collect her check."DISSING DREW
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In an emotional Instagram post, Ashley explained, in all caps: "Let me make something extremely clear. I would never sit in a room and be silent while my friend is being chopped, for that purpose I removed myself.
"It's not about control. It's about loyalty. Kail was there via Zoom, why wasn't she present for this segment? It's messy. Period."5Kailyn decided not to attend the season reunionCredit: MTV 5Ashley left the stage while they discussed her absence We pay for your stories!
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