Remembering Our War Dogs

On ANZAC Day we take time to honour those men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. This year, Dogs Queensland is urging Queenslander’s to also pay their respects to the four-legged heroes who have served beside them.

These brave dogs have served alongside Australia’s military personnel for over a century with history revealing that Australian Military forces used German Shepherds to protect equipment in World War I.

Yuki photographed by CPL Oliver Carter Copyright Commonwealth of Australia Department of Defence

Dogs Queensland General Manager Rob Harrison said military working dogs continue to make significant contributions to the Australian Defence Force, whether it be searching for wounded soldiers to finding Improvised Explosive Devices (IED’s).

“War dogs have a long tradition of serving alongside our soldiers in combat, their contribution should also be recognised on Anzac Day,” he said.

The Australian Defence Force have relied on military working dogs, such as Yuki from the RAAF Base in Townsville, to assist in the security of personnel and equipment within each base around the world.

Dogs are intelligent and highly disciplined animals, their ability to stay alert for long periods of time makes them an asset to the Australian Defence Force in combat situations.

Today, more than 10 dog breeds serve in our armed forces including the long standing German Shepherd and the Beagle.

So, this ANZAC Day, take some time to honour military dogs like Yuki who have served and are currently serving our country.

Further information is available at http://www.dogsqueensland.org.au/

About Dogs Queensland
Dogs Queensland promotes the general improvement of the standard, breeding, and exhibition of pure bred pedigreed dogs in the state. As the acknowledged peak industry body for all canine related matters, Dogs Queensland has the responsibility of administering pedigreed dogs and responsible member breeders across the entire state.

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