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Anderson slipped in and out of consciousness while a medic and Constant, who is a former Marine, worked on his legs. Azza watched and whined.

“The only thing I remember from that day is Craig’s voice talking to me telling me to `calm down,’ `be easy,’ `it’s going to be all right,’” Anderson said. “I woke up in Texas and that’s when I asked, `Where is my dog?’ and `What’s going on?’”

Anderson doesn’t know how many surgeries he had in Afghanistan, Germany and San Antonio, Texas, but he estimates around 20 based on what doctors and relatives have told him. He lost his left forearm and four fingers on his right hand, suffered upper body injuries and lost the skin on both legs.

Azza has been retired and was adopted by Anderson, his wife and their sons, ages 1 and 2. Memories of combat still haunt her, he said.

“She has some pretty bad nightmares, moving, breathing real heavy. I will slowly wake her up. She will get up and pace the house,” he said.

Constant believes “Glory Hounds” shows the importance of dogs and their combat work.

“They really showed the truth and consequences of what these guys do. It’s sad to watch because the story is told as much as you can tell it in two hours,” he said.

His only regret from filming the show was that he didn’t have his camera trained on Azza while they were helping Anderson.

“I wish to God I could have shot that. I wish I could have gotten that on film,” Constant said. “It would have changed people’s ideas about dogs” being viewed as merely equipment or property, he added.


“Glory Hounds” airs Thursday at 8 p.m. ET/PT and repeats on Feb. 24 at 9 a.m. ET/PT.