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America’s Unsung Heroes

America’s Unsung Heroes

Artist Name C.J. Conner
Year 1991
Breeds Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd Dog, Mastiff
Medium Drawing

Three dog portraits in front of an American flag. Signed by C.J. Conner.

Note from the artist:

"After I had prints made of the original, several groups of Viet Nam veterans involved in the dogs who sniffed out booby traps and bombs , sold prints to raise money for awareness of these rescue dogs. At that time, the dogs who were trained and saved several soldiers lives were considered army property and were left behind. The soldiers were not allowed to bring the dogs home with them. Understandably this was something that broke the soldiers hearts. I was contacted by a trainer and a crusader for the dogs to help him on a project. He did love this painting but for accuracy, he wanted me to use the top three breeds that were used s service dogs. So I repainted it using a German Shepard, A Laberador retreiver and a doberman. Although I have never seen it in person, the members of the war dog and service dog clubs and veterans erected a monument in New York with my image etched on it... I will try to find pictures of it. The man I was working with passed away without my knowledge and I wasnt even aware that the monument was there. I dont think anyone knows it's my artwork... I just happened to come across this years later."

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