Civilian trainers gave way as the Army took over with an expanded role for canines. “The 200 dogs first envisioned grew into more than 10,400. Most were family pets shipped into national service,” according to a story on FidoUniverse.
March 13 is National Jewel Day, Earmuff Day, Good Samaritan Day and Open an Umbrella Indoors Day, according to the National Day Calendar.
“Our militarys K9 warriors are true lifesavers,” said Capt. Haag in a statement. “Each combat service dog saves anywhere from 150 to 200 American lives. Much like the men and women with whom they serve, these dogs are highly trained to seek out threats and neutralize threats. They put their lives on the line to protect our armed forces and often innocent civilians as well.”
March 13 is National K-9 Veterans Day
All that said, its also a day that is worth observing: National K-9 Veterans Day.
A retired military working dog trainer came up with the idea for the day, which falls on the birthday of the Army K-9 Corps formation in 1942, the National Day Calendar explained.
Every Heroic Dog Gets Its Day
According to the publication, the United States realized the potential of military canines after seeing the Europeans use dogs as sentries and message carriers during WWI.
A private citizen launched the Dogs for Defense program, which worked with breeders and the American Kennel Club to train dogs for military use.
As demand grew, the military took over dog training. Over the years, working dogs became more widely used by law enforcement at home.