Cynologists to pronounce the text instead of their pets
"I solemnly swear to defend my owner and catch the bullet shot at him".
These are the words of the solemn oath written for the service sheep dogs in Lviv region in western Ukraine.
For the first time ever the military dogs have sworn an oath along with Ukraine's National Guard servicemen.
In view of animals' inability to speak the cynologists pronounced the text of the oath themselves. The soldiers in turn confirm their pets may often become their savior at the frontline. The majority of the newly initiated to the military service sheep dogs have already been to the conflict zone.
Nurturing and training the service dogs is already a worldwide practice. The pet keepers say now it is about to be launched in Ukraine's border service.
Dmytro Surzha, cynologist: "Certainly the dog cannot fully grasp the meaning of the words pronounced aloud. However, I think is a good motivation for the soldiers' general spirit, since each and every dog becomes their accomplice and blood brother. This is why we have decided to launch the solemn oath tradition for the dogs in Ukraine."