5 Dog Movies to Watch this Memorial Weekend

Touching and heart-warming, dog hero films you don't want to miss.

Posted: May 27, 2013, 3 a.m. EDT

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Memorial Day is a special time to celebrate all the individuals and dogs who have served this country.

1. War Dogs of the Pacific – This movie depicts the remarkable true stories of the Marine war dog platoons of World War II. This touching film uncovers the unique and special bond formed between the Marines and their dogs. Through dangerous missions and the saving of countless lives these dogs are more than just "Man's Best Friend."

2. Chips the War Dog – Chips, a German Shepherd, Collie and Siberian Husky mix was the most decorated war dog of World War II. In 1993 Disney filmed a made for TV movie based on this national hero. The movie is a loving story about a recruit with a fear of dogs who gets paired up with Chips, a chicken chasing Shepherd. Together they learn what it means to work as a team as they head off into the war.   

3. War Dogs/Pride of the Army – Filmed in 1942, this patriotic film is about a boy who donates his best friend to the Dogs for Defense, a government organization responsible for training household dogs for the military during WW II. War Dogs is a great story about soldiers and dogs doing what they can to survive war and make a difference.

4. Dogs of the Vietnam War: Sentry, Scout, & Patrol – This behind the scenes documentary is unique look at the dogs of the United States Air Force. Broken into three parts, the film focuses on dogs training for assignments in Vietnam, including a USAF training film and features rare and unedited film footage of dogs and their Army handlers in Vietnam.  

5. My Dog Skip – While not a movie about a war hero, "My Dog Skip” is about a dog who is a hero to a young boy during war time. A heart-warming and emotional film, this movie is one any dog lover can enjoy.   

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tuppyluvr   Lac du Flambeau, WI

8/12/2014 9:38:11 AM

I will have to check these out. I have never seen any of them either. One of the old Lassie movies was about WWI, where Lassie, who had been a pet donated to the war effort, came home with PTSD--although they didn't call it that back then. While it is not a true story, it is well worth watching!

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Lori - 229992   Soldotna, AK

5/27/2013 1:26:18 PM

I'm looking them up on Netflix right now!

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Dog mom   My town, CA

5/27/2012 9:01:10 AM

Great movie suggestions! Thanks a bunch!

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Galadriel   Lothlorien, ME

5/26/2012 11:32:49 PM

I've never seen any of these! I guess I'd better get cracking!

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