Local Vietnam War veteran on a mission to rescue 50,000 dogs
May 4, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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"A thousand per year for every year since they put him down would be appropriate,“ said Vietnam veteran Mike Monahan. “If I say I’m going to save 10 dogs, who cares? But if I say 50,000 dogs, I think I can get the world behind me. I want to save dogs in his memory.”
CINCINNATI — The dog has always been known as man’s best friend, and for Mike Monahan, that four-legged best friend ended up being a dog named Chico. “It’s been 51 years since I left Chico behind,” Monahan said. He said goodbye to Chico when he finished his tour of duty during the Vietnam War. They were a patrol team together, with Chico trained to alert the team to tripwires.
After Monahan left the war Chico was one of more than 4,000 other military working dogs who were either euthanized or abandoned at the end of the war. For more than a year, Mike has been writing a book from Chico’s perspective, titled "Chico’s Promise. " It covers his life from being given away to the US Army by his original owner in South Dakota to the day Mike said goodbye in the kennel in Vietnam. Mike read that portion of the book during our discussion. “Then one day Mike entered my kennel, took a knee, put his arms around me and said, 'I love you, I love you boy.
Now he’s hoping to honor Chico even further than just with the book: He wants to save dogs. “I want to be able to raise money, and then what we’ll do is team up with selected no-kill shelters,” Monahan said.