We were super excited to learn that the first national monument honoring U.S. Military Working Dog teams was unveiled in a special dedication ceremony earlier this week at Joint Base San Antonio – Lackland, Texas. As America’s newest national monument, the U.S. Military Working Dog Teams National Monument’s main granite pedestal features the U.S. military’s four prominent working dog breeds since WWII (Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, Labrador Retriever and Belgian Malinois).
The nine foot tall bronze dog handler represents all dog handlers of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces that served during World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, the Gulf War and the War on Terror. Another significant design feature is the “Not Forgotten Fountain” – a fully functional bronze dog and handler water fountain that epitomizes the bond between dog and handler. The larger than life, “hero-sized”, bronze handler and dogs, tell the stories of the unbreakable bond between America’s war dogs and their handlers, and the courage to protect and serve.
The U.S. Military Working Dog Teams National Monument was funded through the generosity of corporate sponsors including our blog sponsor Natural Balance Pet Foods, along with Petco, Maddie’s Fund, veterans groups, dog groups, donations made by individuals, and funds raised through charitable events. Natural Balance has also supported the funding of the monument with sales of their Limited Edition Jerky Bark Treats available at Petco. And also recognized “Canines with Courage” during the 2013 Rose Parade with a floral replica of the monument.
The founder and inspiration for the national monument is John C. Burnam, a highly decorated Vietnam Infantry Veteran Scout Dog Handler and author of Dog Tags of Courage and A Soldier’s Best Friend. Visit the website and Facebook page for more info and photos.