Phoenix Arizona, March 3, 2011
Military Working Dog Booth
I have this booth for a number of reasons. First and foremost is to inform the public about what these military canines mean to this country. The lives they have saved; their accomplishments; their heroism, loyalty and sacrifice. Another major reason is to help raise funds for the construction of the Military Working Dog Teams National Monument. The booth is a series of posters, handouts, and donation information. The posters show the history of the US Military Working Dog Program.
One of the posters concerns Sergeant Stubby, the hero of World War I. Even though Stubby wasn't an official MWD, he had the instinct in him to protect the soldiers. He saved lives on numerous occassions, by warning of impending mustard gas attacks and by locating wounded soldiers. He was honored repeatedly upon return to the United States.
An additional poster concerns World War II and provides a short history of the Dogs used in the Pacific theater,the Doberman Pinscher, as well as Chips, the hero dog of the European Theater.
I also have a poster containing information regarding the MWDs that served in Korea, Vietnam, and the war on terror. The final display is a memorial posters of those handlers and canines who have given their lives in the current conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan, and tell the story of the Lee family - the first family to adopt their sons military canine.
There are opportunities, through various handouts, for people to take information to study at a later date. The booth also contains information on the Military Working Dog Adoption Program, in conjunction with Debbie Kandoll, that has drawn huge interest. There is also information available encouraging people to visit WWW.JBMF.US web site for the latest news on the Monument. In order to provide additional historical information and pictures there are handouts with information on www.uswardogs.org, operated by Ron Aiello for people to get a comprehensive history regarding the MWD program as well as view all the photos from WWII to present day use.
I accept donations for the Military Working Dog Teams National Monument as well. I do this with a donation jar for people to drop whatever amount they wish into it. I also offer Dog Tags of Courage, caps, and shirts depending upon the amount of donation involved. At a recent dog show interest ran high I practically sold out of shirts and did so with caps.
This booth means a lot to me. It allows me direct contact with people and to tell people about the Military Working Dog story. I am proud that we have been interviewed by both the print and video news media over the years. Its exceeded my expectations, the people stopping by have exceeded my expectations. I set up at dog shows, pet expos, and neighborhood/community events. None are too big, none are too small.
On behalf of the military working dogs past, present and future as well as the JBMF team, we are very grateful Jim!