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.

Enter Now to Win a Zuke’s Prize Pack + #WorkLikeaDog Party Reminder!

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twitter party dog Are you looking forward to the Zuke’s #WorkLikeaDog Twitter Party??? We sure are! There will be loads of prizes including a Grand Prize Pack worth $250 and over $1500 in total prizes!!! Here’s a special chance to win a super prize and you don’t even have to wait til the Twitter Party to enter…just check out the details below and get started NOW. And remember to RSVP for the party…you won’t want to miss it!

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In addition to the fabulous prizes and grand prize pack drawings at the Twitter Party, we’ve got a special chance for you to enter by sharing pics of your hard-working dog via Instagram, Pinterest, email or Twitter. You can even submit your entry with Vine and show us your hard worker in action! We’ll be sharing these fun photos of your dogs throughout the party as well as on other social media like Pinterest. Check out the #WorkLikeaDog Pinterest board.

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WIN Hard Working Zuke’s Treats and Goodies including:

  • Zuke’s Mini Naturals: Healthy Moist Miniature Dog Treats perfect for training and complete with quality protein, whole food antioxidants, and a mouthwatering taste your dog will love.
  • Zuke’s Power Bones: Energy Treats for Active Dogs perfect to keep your pooch energized and ready for adventure. No need to worry about your four-legged running partner giving up before you do, feed him Power Bones and keep the fun going.
  • Zuke’s Supers: Nutritious Soft Superfood Dog Treats help your dog’s energy soar every day. Support your dog’s healthy lifestyle with the naturally powerful nutrients found in superfood berries, betas and greens.
  • Zuke’s Hip Action: Daily Hip & Joint Support in a Naturally Delicious Moist Dog Treat to help maintain hip and joint function with the natural goodness of glucosamine, chondroitin, wholefood antioxidants, and eggshell membrane.

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Wordless Wednesday: Daisy Loves Working at the Car Wash!

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Daisy supervises while her daddy washes my car

Daisy car wash supervisor

Gotta get in there and really inspect the work…you missed a spot.

Daisy car wash inspector

Being the boss is hard work…time for a water break!

Daisy taking a break car wash

Working at the car wash, yeah!

Daisy and Daddy discuss car wash duties

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Help Natural Balance Raise $1M for National Service Dog Month!

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National Service Dog Month with Natural Balance


Thanks to all our readers and pals who helped out in supporting the August efforts of Natural Balance to donate 5,000 pounds of dog food to Angels in Fur!

September is National Service Dog Month and Natural Balance has partnered with the Petco Foundation to raise $1 million dollars to honor Service Dogs across America. There are many types of Service Dogs and this year they are highlighting and honoring Guide Dogs and Military Working Dogs for the inspiring work they do in changing lives.

There are 2 ways you can help in the fundraising efforts for this mont’s dog-related cause:

 1. Donate at any Petco store or click the “Donate Now” button here.

 2. Buy a bag of Limited Edition Natural Balance Jerky Bars Treats, available at Petco!

Proceeds will be donated to help with the building of a national monument honoring Military Working Dogs. This National Monument will be dedicated in 2013 and will reside at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. To learn more, visit Natural Balance here.

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