Wounded Military Working Dog Exhibit Coming to the National Museum of the US Air Force

Posted by Christy Caplan
Wounded Military Working Dog Exhibit
Facebook/James Daniel Mellick

Have you ever attended a working military dog demonstration where they go after the 'bad guys?' I love working dogs and military working dogs absolutely blow my mind when it comes to the set of skills they've been trained to do.

if you live near the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force this exhibit will only be curated from November 8, 2019, to January 31, 2020. Don't miss this! The museum is in Ohio so a little too far from where I live but if you're a close distance you shouldn't miss it.

The Military Times tells us the museum will feature sculptures created by Jim Mellick of various military working dogs. Among them are Lucca and Cooper, who both were stationed in Iraq together in 2007 and often played together with a deflated football.

The doves on the backs of the dogs that have passed on represent 'angel wings' according to the museum.

"Mellick started crafting the sculptures in 2014. The following year, the exhibit started touring and has visited museums including the National Museum of the Marine Corps near Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia."

Many of these dogs and their handlers paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Special thanks to the National Museum of the Marine Corps for hosting the Wounded Warrior Dogs exhibit by artist James...

Posted by National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The U.S. Air Force is also hoping you'll adopt a military working dog.

How can you say no to the face of a retired military working dog! The site explains how well trained these dogs are and what great family members they'll make.

"Air Force officials at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland have released a news issue last month calling for adoptive parties to take their retired dogs. The Air Force has stated that while there is lots of demand to adopt the puppies that didn't make the cut for active duty, there is significantly less interest in adopting the adult dogs - which are exceptionally trained by the way, and could easily rescue you from various dangerous situations or sniff out any nearby bombs."

These dogs as you can see in this statement are exceptionally trained. Adopting can take up to two years and tends to be a long process so you must have patience but it's worth it.

These wounded warrior dogs are beautifully represented by the artist James Mellick.

What do you think about the new military working dog stamps? Please let us know in the comments. 

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Wounded Military Working Dog Exhibit Coming to the National Museum of the US Air Force