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Four-Legged Fauji

First pedigree, then fitness. The regimen that follows moulds the pups into fighting machines.

Four-Legged Fauji
Four-Legged Fauji
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An Army Dog's Life

Routine The day starts early morning with a 2-hour march-off parade and training session. A half-hour grooming session follows, in which they're de-ticked, scrubbed down, massaged, combed. Up next is feeding time, after which dogs rest-until 5 pm when they begin a repeat of the same schedule.

Accommodation A clean, spacious, well-ventilated 3-room enclosure for each. Coolers in summer.

Food Much like jawans, they have a 'standard ration': 680 gm of cooked mutton a day mixed with boiled vegetables, plus milk, eggs, rice, chapattis-amounts varying with weather, age. The older dogs get them in bowls on adjustable stands. Handlers hand-mix the food to ensure the right temperature, consistency.

Working Life Army dogs work for about 10 years. When they are unable to perform on the job, they are pensioned off to the Meerut Cantt, where they spend their remaining days in comfortable retirement.

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