Military Working Dogs

Ian Coate photographing Military Working Dog One of my favourite subjects to paint is the Military Working Dog also known as the Combat Assault Dog. 

Below are a collection of the artworks I have created featuring this four-legged soldier. A special thanks to the dog handlers that have let me into their world to visually document this amazing relationship between soldier and MWD.

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Combat Assault Dog by Ian Coate

The Soldiers' Dog (Watercolour)
Original Artwork Location: SAS Regiment

SAS Moment of Contact
SAS - Moment of Contact (Oil on Canvas)
Original Artwork Location: SAS Regiment
The SAS 'Moment of Contact' Print is recently released: SASHF

Rotary wing aircraft such as the Blackhawk helicopter have enabled this troop sized element to make first contact with the enemy in a remote Afghan village, whilst overhead AH-64 Apache gunships are on stand-by for any unforseen resistance from the insurgents. The crop that they are patrolling through provides little cover from the enemy’s small arms fire. Time sensitive targeting requires up-to-date intelligence, the element of speed and surprise if it is to be successful.
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Military Working Dog Art
Military Working Dog Tribute (Pencil)
Original Artwork Location: Private Collection
No prints have been made of this artwork.

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SAS Moment of Contact
SAS - Compound Assault (Oil on Canvas)
Original Artwork Location: SAS Regiment
The SAS 'Moment of Contact' Print is recently released: SASHF

“SASR targeting operations against Taliban leadership routinely required the assault and clearance of hostile Afghan villages.  Contact with the enemy often occurred both in and around compounds resulting in intense, close quarter fire-fights.  SAS operators swarm the insurgent stronghold, with nerve, courage and teamwork being vital.  An airborne overwatch team scans the surrounds looking to interdict combatants attempting to flee whilst a military working dog strains to be loosed into the fight.  Loyal dedication saw a number of dogs killed in action, effectively saving the lives of many Regiment members during the conflict.”
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Military Working Dog Handler
Military Working Dog Handler (Water Colour)
Original Artwork Location:RAAF Security and Fire School

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Military Puppy Carer
Military Puppy Carer (Water Colour)
Original Artwork Location:RAAF Security and Fire School

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Military Working Dog Sunrise by Ian Coate
Training Late (Mixed Media)
Original Artwork Location: Private Collection

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RAAF Military Working Dog Art
RAAF Military Working Dog and Handler (Oil Painting)
Original Artwork Location:Private Collection

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Military Working Dog and handler Art
A Military Working Dog and His Handler (Watercolour)
Original Artwork Location:Private Collection

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Military Working Dog Artwork by Ian Coate
A Special Bond (Watercolour)
Original Artwork Location: Private Collection
No prints have been made of this artwork.

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Military Working Dog Sketch
Military Working Dog Sketch Collage (pencil)
Original Artworks Location:Private Collections

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The Military Dog
Poem and artwork by Ian Coate
The Military Dog Artwork by Ian Coate

We’ve lost another soldier – our firm and faithful friend.
So swift of feet and strong of heart – so loyal to the end.

He was a combat soldier – ideal in every way
In action he was fearless – the first into the fray.

He was my shield between our foes – my sword within a fight.
My ears within the stillness – my eyes within the night.

We bonded in our training – he had a trooper’s soul.
If not for his protection – we couldn’t do our role.

And now he has departed – he served his country true.
So don’t forget my loyal mate – who died for me and you.

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A4 prints of this poem have been made to purchase:
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The Soldier’s Loyal Mate
Poem and artwork by Ian Coate
Military Working Dog Poem Artwork by Ian Coate

The bond between my working dog is somewhat hard to state.
My working dog is not a pet – he is my loyal mate.

I train, I play and work with him – he gives me all he’s got.
Without complaint he stands by me and shares the soldiers’ lot.

When on deployment overseas and things get really hard,
I soundly sleep because I know, he always stays on guard.

He has a sense if danger’s near – I am his main concern.
In battle he would die for me – for nothing in return.

No matter how I fail in life, he never judges me.
And when I need a friendly paw, it’s there upon my knee.

So if, by chance, I lose my mate – please grieve with me – feel blue.
For when he gives his life for me – he gives his life for you.

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A4 prints of this poem have been made to purchase:
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Military dog Memorial

Acknowledgements

I would like to recognize the many people who have contributed to the creation of these artworks. The production of which is a collaboration of many minds and various talents - I am simply the monkey at the end of the brush. A special thanks to the dog handlers that have let me into their world to visually document this amazing relationship between soldier and their MWD.

Military Animals
Just Joking - cats have a purpose (they give dogs something to chase)
Post made for Facebook that cat lovers did not appreciate.

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Painting in Progress Painting a Military Artwork
Behind the scenes look at the process.

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Various Military Art by Ian CoateAustralian SAS Artworks by Ian Coate Light Horse art by Ian Coate
 
Military Working Dog art by Ian CoateAustralian Military Poems by Ian Coate Portraits of Ian Coate
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