This year, 2014, marks a very special Veterans Day in the canine world as military canines became part of the New York Veterans Day Parade! An honor over due! According to ABC News, "New York's Veteran's Day parade a/k/a "America's Parade," honored all veterans, even the canine ones. For the first time in the parade's history, six military dogs marched alongside the soldiers they served with." This year's parade theme was "Land of the Free/Home of the Brave,"in honor of the 200th Anniversary of the “Star Spangled Banner” (written in 1814). To read more about the veteran military dogs who rode in America's Parade, visit the ABC News story HERE.
“These dogs are genuine heroes and deserve to be recognized on Veterans Day, alongside the human heroes who have so faithfully served our country. We hope that this parade will shine a spotlight on the service of these under-recognized soldiers.” ~Dr. Robin Ganzert, American Humane Association president and CEO
To find out how you can help bring more of the Military Working Dogs back home, visit the American Humane Association HERE.
There are many working breeds of dog who serve faithfully as a K9 soldier, also known as a war dog. But, 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.
Did you know that the War Dog Ambassador was a Siberian Husky named "Buck?"
|BUCK WAS THE WAR DOGS AMBASSADOR. HE DIED MARCH 23, 2006|