March 10th 2009 10:40 pm
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Please mark your calendars and let your friends, family, and blog readers know that March 13th is K-9 Veterans Day. You can click here to read more about K-9 Veterans Day and what you can do to help make this an official event in your town, state, and in the United States.
K-9 Veterans Day, started by Vietnam dog handler Joe Wight, is a grassroots movement that tries to draw attention to our nation's working dogs and their contribution to our country and our armed forces, and to get them the recognition they deserve. We have three holidays to honor our human soldiers - Memorial Day, Armed Forces Day, and Veterans Day - but none to honor our four-legged troops who have, in the last seventy years, saved countless thousands of lives through their special abilities and training, working as sentry dogs, scout dogs, tracking dogs, messenger dog, explosives dogs, and mine and tunnel dogs.
K-9 Veterans Day, however, doesn't just seek to remember our military working dogs, but also all working K-9's, whether they are working for police departments, the fire department's arson unit, border patrol, or at our nation's airports. Even therapy dogs working with our wounded soldiers are part of the group of canines behind honored here.
Joe's website has some ideas for things you can do to celebrate K-9 Veterans Day this year, and the most important of those is getting the word out and asking people to sign the petition to make this an official day in the United States.
I've created some graphics you can download and use on brochures, fliers, your blogs, your websites, and wallpaper on your computer, to help raise awareness. You can download them for free here, and they don't require a link back to me, but a link back to Joe's website would be great if you use them on your page.
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