By Rebecca Frankel
Best Defense Chief Canine Correspondent
In this photo, Maggie, a military working dog, plays with an abandoned kitten before departing for a census and security patrol with U.S. Marines at Patrol Base Detroit, Afghanistan, May 17, 2011. The Marines are assigned to 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 1.
In the spirit of today's photo here's a link for animal lovers on Facebook, called Helped By Animals. If you have a good MWD photo -- or pics of a soldier stray -- from the front you think deserve a viewing here, send 'em to wardogoftheweek(at)gmail.com.
Rebecca Frankel, on leave from her FP desk, is currently writing a book about military working dogs, to be published by Free Press.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Christopher M. Carroll
Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.