The website has photos to accompany the story about the war dogs including upsetting (to me anyway) photos of dogs wearing bomb vests to be sent on suicide missions. I realize attitudes towards dogs and war and the government were way different back in the 40's but I still have a hard time imagining sending the family pet off to the U. S. military to let them do their bidding.
But I'm not so sure what I would do if I was in host Ira Glass' shoes as the owner of a fear aggressive pit bull with serious health and behavioral problems. On the surface I can't imagine going to the lengths he goes to to live with and care for a dog that might bite me at any moment, especially knowing that there are so many great dogs out there that need a home. But I've never been in that position so it's hard to say what I would do when you factor in the animal. At the very least it makes me feel not quite so crazy for the energy I put into my own pack. Who, let's face it, are spoiled rotten by 1940's standards.
But thank goodness I'm not to the point of riding an hour each way on a subway to buy them kangaroo meat.