Tuesday, September 20, 2005

National Dog Week

"At no time in history have dogs been more important than they are today. Seventy-five years ago Capt. Will Judy organized National Dog Week. It was to honor the dog and all the wondrous things that it has done for us. During World War II we saw the brave deeds that dogs did on the land, the sea and in the air. September 11th reinforced those wonderful images of dogs doing the dirty, nitty-gritty work needed to help their human buddies. Finding lost people in the wilderness or under the tons of a collapsed building or a white avalanche of snow the dog is there. Between these major and small wars the dog has helped the blind, the deaf, the lame and the infirmed in so many ways. Sled dogs rushed the serum to Nome and dogs have always been there on the farms and other remote places helping people. Centuries ago the dog helped people put food on the table by assisting the hunter. Today's dogs, much removed and improved from those earlier dogs are still at helping the sportsman and hunter. Even the simple task of companionship to a small child has made the world a better place. They have always been at our sides to comfort and help us. Let us return all those favors bestowed on us by the dog. During the last full week in September celebrate National Dog Week as it has been for the last 76 years."

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