This may be Spike, formally an Urban Legend about a Military K9 named
Brutus who could just have easily been named "Brutus the Magic Canine"
for his alleged acts of valor while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom
that earned him the Medal of Honor. This rebuttal is posted on an urban
legend hoax site:
dog's name is not Brutus; in fact, his name is 'Spike,' and he was
never a military working dog. Spike is a retired Police Service Dog
who served honorably during the years 2001 to 2007 with the
Scottsdale Police Department's K-9 Unit in Scottsdale, Arizona,
under his handler, Officer Scott DiIullo (who is still with the K-9
Unit and working with a new K-9 partner).
Spike is a Belgian Malinois imported from Europe and weighs less
than 100 pounds. Furthermore, police and military working dogs are
NOT trained to fatally attack a subject they are deployed upon. Dogs
used for handler protection are trained to bite and hold the subject
until the subject is taken into custody. There is also no training
method to teach a working dog to understand a hand signal to command
the dog to leave the area, come back later and then attack.
Face it... we love "Man's Best Friend" so
it's no wonder there was a cute follow-up that appended to the original
hoax that still has a life of its own. That comes in the form:
Instructions for properly hugging a baby with Brutus:
1. First, uh, find a baby.
2. Second, be sure that the object you found was indeed a baby, by
employing classic sniffing techniques.
3. Next, you will need to flatten the baby before actually beginning the
4. The 'paw slide'= Simply slide paws around baby and prepare for
5. Finally, if a camera is present, you will need to
execute the difficult and patented 'hug, smile, and lean' so as to
achieve the best photo quality.
I hope this little story brought a smile to your face as it did mine, in
spite of its checkered past. You can click of the photo below to read
about my experience with working a working K9 I was very proud of.