Unveiled and Dedicated October 28, 2013
Monument to Military Working Dogs
Natural Balance is proud to observe and celebrate the contributions of Military Working Dogs in the United States. In 2013 we created specially-marked bags of our popular Jerky Bark treats to commemorate these amazing service dogs and their handlers, and donated the proceeds to raise money for a statue in their honor. Now the completed statue stands proudly in San Antonio, TX as a reminder of all of the incredible work and sacrifices Military Working Dogs and their handlers make for our country.
Military Working Dogs rightly deserve this honor. Since WWII, they continue to save thousands of American lives while providing companionship and support to our active duty service people. These dogs make history with their heroic tales of rescue, warning and sacrifice, and accomplish important tasks such as sniffing out poison gas, scouting, tracking, and detecting explosive devices. They save many lives and this statue honors their past, present and future of amazing and trustworthy service to America.
For the first time in U.S. Military history, working dogs have been elevated to National Monument status by congressional law (Public Law 110-181, Section 2877). Four stunning bronze statues of the primary Military Working Dog breeds (Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, Labrador Retriever, and Belgian Malinois) stand proudly with a dog handler to represent the crucial roles dogs served in four major conflict periods: World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the wars in Afghanistan & Iraq. The beautiful statue is nine feet tall and inscribed with the words "Guardians of America's Freedom." It is located at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX, the location that functions as the training grounds for Military Working Dog teams since 1958.
The beautiful dedication ceremony and unveiling on Monday October 28th, 2013 marked the completion of several years’ work to bring the monument to fruition, led by John Burnam, a Vietnam scout dog handler and author of two books on military working dogs. Funding was acquired by private donations. Natural Balance is proud to have been a part of raising money for the statue by teaming with Petco to donate a portion of limited edition Jerky Bark sales to the project.
Dogs enrich our lives every day, and this statue is just one of many ways we can say “thank you” to our loyal and brave best friends who bravely serve our nation.
To learn more about the Monument for Military Working Dogs and their Handlers, please visit the John Burnam Monument Foundation website: www.jbmf.us.