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A New Sculpture Honors Military Working Dogs

Susan Norris, a sculptor, has a long history of creating moving works of art, and she just embarked on a new endeavor. A unique artwork pays tribute to military working dogs’ efforts and sacrifices.

It’s a life-size bronze sculpture depicting a military working dog wearing a Purple Heart, lamenting the death of its two-legged partner, titled “My Hero, My Friend.” “I’ve always loved animals, but the relationship between a military dog and its partner is something else entirely.”

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Military Working Dogs (MWDs) and their handlers have a strong relationship. It needs to be, because this risky profession needs a great deal of mutual trust. Susan Norris, an artist and sculptor, has created a loving homage to the MWDs who have served the United States in the past, as well as those who serve our nation today all around the world. This magnificent statue is described in further detail here.

‘My Friend, My Hero’

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“My Hero, My Friend” is the title of the bronze statue. The statue is a life-size representation of a MWD wearing a Purple Heart, which is awarded to military personnel who are injured in action. The dog is sadly staring, his paw extended toward a helmet atop a military uniform.

The work of art

The MWD looks to be in grief as it remembers its human friend who has died. The sculpture’s goal is to remind viewers of MWDs’ commitment to the servicemembers with whom they serve, as well as their bravery in doing so. Norris created the statue in such a manner that it emotionally affects the spectator, maybe even causing them to cry.

When questioned about the reactions to her artwork, Norris said, “It’s touching to watch people cry when they see my sculpture.”

What is the location of the sculpture?

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Veterans Memorial Park in Trophy Club, Texas, is home to the sculpture, which is part of the broader Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

In a news release, Norris said, “I’ve always had an affinity for animals, but the relationship between a military dog and its companion is on a whole other level.”

The Combat Role of MWDs

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During times of conflict, MWDs can be found acting as guards, messengers, scouts, and even as mascots. MWDs, like their human handlers, suffer from both physical and emotional war wounds. They, like their spouses, face the possibility of death in combat zones across the world.

Susan Norris is a well-known author.
Norris has always been an artist, with her preferred mediums being painting and sculpture. She has created a wide range of sculptures on a number of topics, including animal fiction, which is one of her favorite subjects.

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Self-taught, the New Mexico-based artist’s sculptures and paintings may be seen in private collections all over the world. Norris has also worked on additional sculptures and paintings honoring US military heroes, in addition to her bronze sculpture honoring MWDs. Visit Norris’ website or Facebook page for additional information.