Monument goes respectfully to the dogs

Four breeds of military dogs are represented on a monument that will be displayed in Texas. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

The United States has lots of statues for military heroes, but the nation is about to get its first national monument honoring four-legged soldiers.

The U.S. Working Dogs Team National Monument will be shown for the first time in California in January, and it will honor every dog that has served in combat since World War II.

The monument was the idea of John Burnam, a retired military dog handler who has written books about dogs he served with in the military.

The bronze monument features four breeds of dogs, all used in war: Doberman, German shepherd, Labrador retriever and Belgian Malinois (pronounced mal-in-wa). The dogs surround a handler who stands nine feet tall and weighs 1,500 pounds. The dogs are each about five feet tall.

A floral version of the monument will be a float in the Tournament of Roses Parade. The bronze statue will be displayed in California before going to its permanent home in Texas.

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