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National K9 Veteran’s Day

March 13 is National K9 Veteran’s Day! On this day, we commemorate and honor the service and sacrifices of American military and working dogs throughout history.

According to, on March 13, 1942, that the Army began training for its new War Dog Program, also known as the “K-9 Corps,” according to American Humane, marking the first time that dogs were officially a part of the U.S. Armed Forces.

The most common K9 breeds are German Shepherd, Bloodhound, Dutch Shepherd, Belgian Malinois, and Indian Pariah Dogs. Some of their duties include: searching for drugs and explosives, locating missing people, finding crime scene evidence, and capturing people targeted by the police. Police dogs must remember several verbal cues and hand gestures.

We are proud to honor any type of veteran, and that includes all fur friends who have served and worked honorably alongside their trusty owners.