National K-9 Veteran Day
National K-9 Veteran Day:
Celebrated every year on the 13th of March, the National K-9 Veterans Day is observed to pay homage and tribute to the American Army and Working Dogs throughout history and mark the value of their role in the defense.
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Related: Other National Days Celebrated on March 13th:
National Open An Umbrella Indoors Day
Why Celebrate National K-9 Veteran Day?
Dogs are one of the most loved animals with hardly any despisers (maybe one with some phobia or any tragic history with dogs). They are highly appreciated for the qualities they exhibit and the duties they offered on almost all grounds of services. From being a faithful pet to safeguarding your houses, playing, entertaining, and even successfully putting in its bit for national security. This animal has never disappointed in winning hearts and graciously accomplishing its national duties that we sometimes cannot provide on our parts. We can find that no other animal has portrayed such a diverse sense of responsibility with such perfection in scrutinizing history.
The story of taking the dogs in use of defense started during World War II when the dogs were trained to carry the equipment needed from camps to battle areas and so forth. It was only in the year 1942 when the first dog started getting its defense training. Initially, an organization called Dog for Defense was formed to train the dogs for transporting depots. Later, the U.S. Army recognized the plan and then began the journey of now worldwide acknowledged K-9 Dogs.
Keeping watch for the strong and muscular physic of German Shepherd Dogs, they were the most preferred breed that was initially chosen for training purposes as K-9 dogs. But there are some other breeds that serve the purpose like Belgian Tervueren, Blood Hound, Boxer Dog, etc.
Training of dogs is, of course, the most crucial period of transforming a dog in such a manner that it could serve the very purpose of service without hesitation or any misbehavior. The most important thing is to develop a sense of belief and understanding between the trainer and the dog so that nothing misfortunate happens at the crime site where there will be no room for any misconduct. The dog being trained must understand the trainer’s instructions accurately to make sure that the client gets optimum security. In most cases, the dogs live with their trainer, and their coordination gets even better with getting exposed to different situations.
K-9 dogs are not merely an asset for defense, but you can often see them posted at public areas like the airport or other transportation with their trainers that help in awakening a sense of fear in people who may have plans for some ill-deeds.
These furry creatures have proven them no less than a human posted at the war or crime site. It is one of the most cherished moments when your favorite dog gets its deserved celebration and rewards. They look as adorable as anything with black jackets on and medals being embedded for the courageous task they did. We can recognize a K-9 veteran by learning more about its services and duties.
How can we observe National K-9 Veteran Day?
- Get yourself a Veteran Dog
K-9 dogs are extremely loved and appreciated throughout, but it isn’t very good to quote that some of them are left to live without even a shelter after their duties come to an end. On our part, we can adopt one of those furry friends instead of going to a pet shop or a dealer.
- Visit your nearby shelter.
To pay your homage to such brave hearts, we can visit them on holidays and gift them stuff they will cherish, like a toy or food or a newly decorated shelter. Search for a nearby shelter and spend the entire day with them.
- Attend Marches
Visit marches on the 13th of March every year to pay homage and respect to their hardship throughout.
- Please share it with your peers.
Post photos and videos of your favorite K-9 dog using hashtags #NationalK9VeteranDay and #K9VeteranDay on all your social media pages.
Interesting facts about National K-9 Veteran Day:
Here are some interesting facts for you to enjoy!
- The term “K-9” was originated as a typographic pun of the word “canine.”
- The K-9 unit was used to refer nothing to the police dog and its trainer during World War.
- The breed Beagle is widely known for its best noses in the game. Whereas Rottweiler makes the versatile fog that a K-9 unit can have.
History of National K-9 Veteran Day:
The footprints of incorporating dogs in defense can be traced back to 4000 B.C., when the ancient Egyptians used to take dogs to the war fields.
Lately, during the first and second world wars, dogs were posted in jobs of carting the war equipment from camps to the battlefield and return. Only after judging their efficiency, U.S. army began their ‘K-9 Program’ to train dogs for defense purposes. And since then, history has marked the brilliance portrayed by heroes like Sgt. Stubby, Chips, the most appreciated dog in World War II, and Lex, and Cairo, the Navy SEAL that worked on the bin Laden raid.