The dog’s memorial is low to the ground and humble. A paw print track circles into the centre of the memorial where the ashes of a Military Working Dog called Aussie is laid to rest. The paw prints were made by another Explosives Detection Dog called Billie and her handler Corporal Shane Kerswell, who trained Billie to walk in a tight circle on a bed of soft clay.
In the centre of the Memorial is a tear shaped stone. It is a copy of a piece of stone left over during the construction of the nearby Memorial to Animals in War. The tear stone and the paw prints symbolise the remembrance of the military dogs. Through their playfulness and curiosity, their intelligence and insight, their bravery and their faithfulness, they made a profound impact.
Visitors to the memorial are encouraged to walk on the bronze paw prints. Over time as the metal becomes polished, it will serve as a record of people walking in the steps of a Military Working Dog, on its path, circling into sleep.
Here is a link to the dedication ceremony that took place on National Animals in War Day, 24 February 2020.