Governor declares October 29 as Military Working Dog Teams Day

Governor declares October 29 as Military Working Dog Teams Day


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Johnny Mayo

Johnny Mayo and Buck have been busy traveling in 2005 promoting their book, Buck’s Heroes , and explaining the importance of honoring War Dogs with a National Monument.

Military working dog teams are currently deployed in the War on Terror in Iraq and Afghanistan and proudly carrying on the role of canines serving and protecting.

Since spring Mayo has worked towards a governor’s proclamation honoring military working dogs. The result of that effort is Gov. Mark Sanford has proclaimed October 29 as Military Dog Teams Day in SC.

The date was selected to coincide with the opening day of Celebrate Freedom’s event. Mayo and Buck will have several Vietnam dog handlers present at the festival. Active duty dog teams from Fort Jackson, Shaw AFB, Charleston AFB, and Beaufort Marine Air Station have also been invited to come to Camden to be honored on their day, Military Working Dog Teams Day.

Each year friends and visitors come to the air show just to see the dogs and Buck one more time. Buck has quite a large group of admirers. He is approaching his 15th birthday.

Saturday, there will be a simulated Vietnam Era scout dog patrol demo and several dog demonstrations scheduled with active duty dog teams. Buck will also participate in story telling of Buck’s Heroes.

If this article reaches anyone who has served as a military dog handler or veterinarian, please feel free to contact me for more information. We want to invite you because it is your day as well. 803-767-6756

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