To acknowledge the 100 year anniversary of WW1 and the ANZAC Centenary, we presented a special tribute to Military Working Dogs (MWD’s) at the Brisbane show.
The feature showcased the wonderful contribution that Australian Dogs have made in war throughout the world for many decades with daily talks (see link to the timetable above), dozens of large information posters and opportunities to meet and learn more about Military Working Dogs (MWD’s).
Visitors were also able to purchase the Purple Poppies and Australian War Dog coins from within the Tribute area to commemorate the service of War Animals and all funds have been donated to MWD’s.
We would like to acknowledge the ongoing support of Nigel Allsopp who worked closely with us on the Tribute and helped provide a lot of the information and spoke daily on the Tribute stage. Nigel is one of the most respected and vocal ambassadors for Dogs in the country having worked extensively with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the Police Dog Squad. Nigel is also the founder of the Australian War Animal Organisation (AWAMO) and recently launched his new book ‘Australian War Animals 100 Years On’.
Following is a quick summary of what visitors could see and hear within the Military Working Dog Tribute:
- Information on the history of MWDs and some of the important roles they have played such as detection, tracking, early warning, asset and personnel protection and helping veterans overcome post-traumatic stress.
- Timeline detailing the location and dates of many wars and operations where military working dogs have played an important role including WW1, WW2, Korea, Malaya, Vietnam, Somalia, East Timor, Bougainville, Solomon Islands and Afghanistan.
- Photos presenting a range of incredible images of Dogs in war and conflicts.
- Information on what makes a good Dog Handler in the military and the future of MWD’s
- Detailed profiles on some of Australia’s most decorated and famous military Dogs including Horrie, Sarbi, Tiber, Herbie and Smoky the war Dog with images and some of the medals they were awarded.
- Representatives from the military and police dog squad presenting stories and information on Dogs in war with an opportunity for visitor engagement
You can view the full 2017 timetable of talks on the Military Working Dog Tribute Stage below or in PDF format above.