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USA’s First Monument to Honor Military Working Dogs

Every day there are hundreds of thousands of heroic dogs serving and protecting the people of this nation. From guide dogs who offer security and sight to their physically or mentally impaired human caregivers, to military dogs whose bravery and tireless efforts are an invaluable resource to soldiers.

In 2013, the United States will be erecting the first ever monument honoring Military Working Dogs. Congress has never before elevated an animal to national monument status; a fact that reminds us just how truly deserving these dogs are. The monument—which will be made possible through private funding— will feature four current day combat dogs with a human handler, and will reside at the 341st Training Squadron at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

September is National Service Dog Month; a time to recognize these canine heroes and thank them for their loyalty, companionship, and for simply being their amazing doggie selves. Join Natural Balance Pet Foods and Petco—two companies that have been working hard to make the monument a reality—throughout September in support of our nation’s military working dogs.

From September 2 – September 22, 2012, contributions can be made at any Petco or Unleashed by Petco store or online at http://www.petco.com with all funds going to service dog organizations. In addition, proceeds from the purchase of 12 oz. Natural Balance Jerky Bar Treats will benefit the service dog monument at Lackland Air Force Base.

Learn more about the monument and see photos of what it will look like here.

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  1. Richard DeggansSeptember 11, 2012 at 4:52 pmReply

    A tremendous effort was put forth to place the monument in DC. There are many rules, check out the “Commemorative Works Act.” Lackland was very kind to us and provided us with a location which has high traffic and a large number of expected visitors every week. it is also the home of the MWD training program.

  2. Silvia G. Soos-KazelSeptember 11, 2012 at 6:19 amReply

    It is nice that finally after so many years of military service through so many different conflicts that the Congress of USA enacted this honor for our Military Dogs. It is a shame it took so long and also why hasn’t same been erected in Washington, DC, where all the other military conflicts have been so honored? Thank you to Natural Pet Foods and Petco and any other private funding that made this all a reality!

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