David Caddell, Ann Arbor Animal Hospital’s director, recently attended a day commemorating K-9s at Michigan’s War Dog Memorial in Milford, MI. There was an amazing showing of support: in attendance were retired military and police K-9 handlers, many K-9 units from Oakland and Washtenaw county’s police departments, and veterans struggling with PTSD were present with their K-9 service dogs.
A memorial to the 4,000-plus Vietnam war dogs was dedicated and a representative from Governor Snyder’s office presented a decree signed by the governor to make War Dog Veteran’s Day a recognized state holiday.
Attendees said goodbye to K-9s who passed away in the past year and it was difficult to maintain composure as TAPS were played followed by Amazing Grace played on the bagpipes. It was a very moving… sad and comforting at the same time.
The Ann Arbor Animal Hospital would like to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to all K-9s and their handlers, both active and retired, for their role in protecting and serving us locally and beyond—thank you!
If you are interested in learning more about service dogs and the Michigan War Dog Memorial please visit their website.