U.S. Military Working Dog National Monument Unveiled at Special Dedication Ceremony

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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.

Help Honor Military Working Dog and Their Handlers

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Military Working Dogs have saved thousands of American lives since WWII, and at the same time provided companionship and support to our active duty service people. For the first time in U.S. Military history, working dogs have been elevated to National Monument status by congressional law (Public Law 110-181, Section 2877).

The bronze statues of the four primary dog breeds (Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, Labrador Retriever, and Belgian Malinois) and dog handler will represent the crucial part dogs played in four major conflict periods: World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The National Monument will be dedicated in October 2013 at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX, where the military working dog teams are trained.

Help Natural Balance and Petco Foundation raise One Million Dollars for the monument:

All proceeds from the sale of 12 oz. Natural Balance Limited Edition Jerky Bark Treats at Petco will be donated to fund this national monument honoring Military Working Dogs!

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National Monument Honors Military Dogs + WIN a Trip for 4 to The Rose Bowl!

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National Monument to Military Working DogsFor the first time ever there is going to be a National Monument paying tribute to military working dogs! The U.S. Working Dog Teams National Monument will honor every dog that has served in combat since World War II. These hero dogs deserve our thanks, and to help raise funds for the monument and its maintenance, Natural Balance created special treat! You can buy a bag of Limited Edition Natural Balance Jerky Bars Treats, available at Petco, and all proceeds go to help fun the national monument for military dogs! Just look for these packages:

Jerky Bars raise money for national military dog monument

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