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Honoring K9 Veterans and Their Handlers on K9 Veterans Day

  T oday is March 13th ~ K9 Veterans Day! A time to thank our many working dogs and their handlers—from military to police—who are now veterans. According to the United States Army, "In January 1942, members of the American Kennel Club and other dog lovers formed a civilian organization called Dogs for Defense. They intended to train dogs to perform sentry duty for the army along the coast of the United States. Aware of this effort, Lieutenant Colonel Clifford C. Smith, chief of the Plant Protection Branch, Inspection Division, Quartermaster Corps, met with his commander, Major General Edmund B. Gregory, and suggested that the Army use the sentry dogs at supply depots. Gregory gave his approval to an experimental program, and on March 13, 1942, Under Secretary of War Robert P. Patterson approved Gregory's application and created the K-9 Corps."   Most recently, I wrote an article for 4Knines on our U.S. canine veterans,, and if you follow me, I