My father, who was a TSGT and served two tours during World War II, the first with the "Big Red One" - the U.S. Army's First Division, and then later on with the Rainbow Division, was an avid animal lover. I remember him talking about dogs and puppies they would befriend out in the field and on base. Here is a photo I share each Veterans Day of him with two of his canine pals on base.
Did You Know? There are many working breeds of dog who serve faithfully as a K9 soldier, also known as a war dog. Did you know that the Siberian Husky and its cousin the Malamute were among them? According to the United States War Dog Association, in "January, 1942, not long after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the American Kennel Association and a new group calling itself 'Dogs for Defense' mobilized dog owners across the country to donate quality animals to the Army's Quartermaster Corps." Among the breeds used, were the Belgium Sheep Dog, German Shepherd, Collie, Doberman Pinscher, Eskimo, and the Siberian Husky.
|BUCK WAS THE WAR DOGS AMBASSADOR. HE DIED MARCH 23, 2006|
A great blog to read all about military working dogs is soldier, writer, and dog advocate Kevin Hanrahan's blog. Be sure to check it out HERE.
Please take a few minutes to watch these videos paying tribute to war dogs and their handlers. Thank you to our brave soldiers and the K9 soldiers for their dedicated service.
* * * * * *
Gibson's Epi-Tip of the Day:
Be sure to read our National (K-9) Epilepsy Awareness Month's "Live Gib Strong" campaign kick-off blog post HERE featuring all the happenings this month, including a delicious giveaway/fundraiser !