Nemo was the first hero of his kind to return from the Vietnam War. The welcoming committee watched him walk down the ramp of the plane that had just landed at Kelly Air Force Base. He was wounded- his right eye was missing and scar ran from below his right eye socket to his mouth. But his wounds weren't what made him different from other returning Vietnam veterans because he was a dog.
Looking back over the years, like world war II. At first more than thirty breeds were accepted. Later the list was narrowed down to German Shepherds, Belgian Sheep Dogs, Doberman Pinschers, Farm Collies and Giant Schnauzers. In all, a little over 19,000 dogs were procured between 1942 and 1945 (about 45% of these were rejected as unsuited for training). Initially the Quartermaster Corps placed the War Dog Program in its Plant Protection Branch of the Inspection Division, on the theory that dogs would be used chiefly with guards at civilian war plants
When you look back at how these beautiful Hero's were looked at as Expendable, I get so mad.
These brave dogs sniff out bombs and put their lives on the line, for you and your family.
Like their human counterparts, sometimes they succumb on the battlefield or after they return home. The military gives them the respect they deserve in light of their service, often providing a memorial ceremony in the form of a “missing dog” display, consisting of an empty kennel, leash, and an inverted food bucket signifying the unbreakable bond between a handler and dog, centered in the chapel’s front stage.
Dear Danny, Should you see my post, I want you to know I think you are doing a wonderful project. God Bless you. I hope some bloggers will send you a small or even big donation. These Dogs deserve to be honored. Yvonne
The Save-A-Vet Story Save-A-Vet began in the heart of Iraq War veteran Danny Scheurer when he was stationedin one of the most dangerous places in Baghdad during one of the worst times in the war. Danny learned that a military contractor whose contract with the government was not being renewed had decided to leave their corporate-owned K-9's behind to avoid the costs of transporting and sheltering them and abandon these noble animals in the backstreets of Baghdad. Like all GI's, he had come to love military working dogs and regard them as war buddies and comrades-in-arms. Faced with this horrible specter of these abandoned dogs, Danny decided that when he got back to the States he was going to do something about it to assure that every canine veteran received the same honor and care as our human veterans. Since then, thousands of people have joined with Danny and Save-A-Vet to champion the cause of our K-9 heroes
Yvonne started painting and drawing in High School in Houston Texas. She earned extra money drawing insects in science class for classmates. Yvonne's mother encouraged her to attend art classes at the Art Museum in Houston in the 1960's. After her marriage she moved to Miami Beach, while living on Palm Island she continued her education in art, and Design. Also studied with notable artist from the area. Yvonne was painted by friend Florence Taylor Kushner, from Boston and in women's Who's Who. Florence painted many famous families. Yvonne was lucky enough to receive private tutoring from her. In the 1970's she went to Interior Design School . Years later she started her own Interior Design firm named 'Chez Moi Interior's. Yvonne continued painting and showing her work at Beau Arts in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Also she exhibited her work in North Carolina, the Florida Keys, and at the Childers Art Gallery on Las Olas Blvd (Ft. Lauderdale). Yvonne won the prestigious 'Hortt Art Competition Award' at the Museum of Ft.Lauderdale, Florida. This work of art remained on display for several months at the Museum. Over the years Yvonne has entered many competitions winning countless blue ribbons. A trip to Paris, and a stay in Monmarte where she spent time with a few choice artist's changed her views toward her own art work. Art is truly an expression of experience and love to her. She likes her work to show a moment in time or tell a story. To know more about Yvonne Leyden