Sculptor Susan Norris has long touched the hearts of others with her art, but recently she has embarked on a new project – a project that involves man’s best friend in everyday life, but perhaps even more so on the battlefield.
Entitled “My Hero, My Friend,” the latest statue of Norris is a life-size bronze sculpture of a military work dog wearing a Purple Heart, mourning his two-legged companion.
“I’ve always had affection for animals, but the bond between a military dog and its companion is on a whole new level,” Norris said in a press release.
This sculpture is intended to honour the bravery and dedication of a military dog towards its human master, by pulling on the sensitive ropes of passers-by. The sculpture will be installed at the Veterans Memorial Park of the Trophy Club, Texas, on the Dallas-Fort Worth subway.
“It’s moving to see people crying when they see my sculpture,” Norris said of the reactions to the crop.
Military work dogs have been nicknamed in all sorts of ways throughout American military history, including the K-9 Corps and the ‘war dogs’. At various times in the fighting, they served as guards, messengers, mascots and scouts, according to an army book on military veterinary services.
Operations in Afghanistan and Iraq have intensified, as have u.S. military efforts to implement a canine program.
“Due to the growing threat of improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan and Iraq, mine detection training has also resumed,” the book reads. “The dogs became members of teams deployed at the front, served with airborne units and were transported by helicopter when necessary.”
“Humans are continually rediscovering that technology cannot match many canine senses and other inherent abilities, and they also realize that dogs continue to remain loyal even as equipment and conflicts evolve around them,” according to the book.
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