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'Warrior Dogs' Exhibit To Open At Napa Valley Museum Yountville

from Patch


The exhibition includes 17 life-size wooden sculptures by acclaimed artist James Mellick from his "Wounded Warrior Dog" project.


Napa Valley Museum Yountville is set to celebrate the opening this weekend of a world-premiere exhibition, "Warrior Dogs: Honoring the Service & Sacrifice of America’s Four-Legged Fighters."


The opening event is from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 at the museum at 55 Presidents Circle in Yountville. Following that, the exhibit opens to the public at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, and runs through Aug. 25.


The emotional, inspiring exhibition is presented in partnership with the Tug McGraw Foundation and takes a deep dive into the heroic partnership between military dogs, their trainers and handlers and veterinarians, and other soldiers with whom they serve.


The exhibition includes 17 life-size wooden sculptures by acclaimed artist James Mellick from his "Wounded Warrior Dog" project. On display are Cairo, who deployed to Afghanistan with the U.S. Navy SEAL Team, and the debut of Mellick's sculpture of Torque, the Huey Helicopter dog who represents the 4,000 canines who did not return from Vietnam after the war.


A portion of the exhibition is dedicated to working dogs serving veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress, first responders, law enforcement firefighters, and other civilian forces.



Photo Credit: Marine Corps Cpl. Tanner Seims “Raid Ready” – Larry, a Marine Corps military working dog, waits to begin a training raid with Marines at Camp Lejeune, N.C., June 9, 2019


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