REPORT – The 132nde cynotechnical infantry regiment exceptionally opened its doors to Figaro approaching the inauguration of the first memorial dedicated to hero dogs. Immersion behind the scenes of the training of these animals in the service of France.
Of dogs and men. When the gates to 132e The army’s canine infantry regiment opens up before us, it’s barely 8 o’clock and a few rays of sunlight timidly cross the thick layer of fog covering the surrounding Marne countryside. As soon as we’ve slammed the door to the 207 in the distance, barking breaks the silence and erupts in all directions. These howls are those of four hundred hungry dogs.
“We’re used to it, we don’t even hear them anymoreCommander Kamel smiles. It is here, a few kilometers from Reims, in Champagne-Ardenne, that the French army has acquired both the largest kennel in Europe and a regiment specializing in dog training. Every year, four hundred canids bought in Germany, France and the Netherlands are trained there for various military interventions before being sent on missions abroad.
A special human-dog relationship
German Shepherds, Malinois and Dutch Shepherds today populate the 130…