Saturday, October 10, 2015

Military Dog Bronze Statue Unveiled at Camp Lejeune

Cpl. David M. Sonka Honored

On September 7, 2015 the command's Multi-Purpose Canine kennel was renamed in honor of Cpl. David Sonka.
"Sonka, a multi-purpose canine handler attached to 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion. Sonka, 23, and Staff Sgt. Eric Christian, 39, were killed May 4, 2013, in Farah province, Afghanistan, in an insider attack when an Afghan soldier turned his weapon on the Marines. Sonka's working dog, Flex, was also killed in the attack, reportedly in an attempt to save the Marines." 
(quote from MarineCorpsTimes )

The life-size bronze statue of a Special Operations K9 depicts an alert multi-purpose canine, just like Cpl. Sonka's K9 partner Flex, who is ready to jump into action.

Military dog bronze statue by Lena Toritch at Camp Lejeune
New life-size bronze statue of a Special Operations K9 graces the entrance. Photo by Glenn Beine.

The dedication ceremony was featured in the news and media.
Article from K9 Cop Magazine:

K9 Cop Magazine article on Cpl. David Sonka Multi Purpose Canine Facility dedication
K-9 Cop Magazine

Military dogs have a special place in my heart. Every statue I create depicts bravery, loyalty and spirit of these four-legged heroes. It was my honor to create this bronze statue.

Military dog bronze statue by Lena Toritch at Camp Lejeune
Bronze statue of a Marines Special Operations Command K9 by Lena Toritch. Photo courtesy of  Combat Canines
 More photos of my military K9 statues : Military and Service Dog Statues by Lena Toritch

Monday, March 23, 2015

Sgt.Dan Brown Statue on Today Show. NBC's Gabe Gutierrez Reports

The Heart of a Soldier.

This new military portrait statue is nothing like any other soldier memorials. A young soldier with a generous smile reaches out to a local kid in a midst of a war torn country... he is making friends with a child, showing that he came in peace.

This statue was inspired by a touching story that I heard from the family of Sgt.Dan Brown.

More information on Dan and photos of his statue: Sgt.Dan Brown Portrait Statue
Call Young Fine Art Studio 801-359-2451 or send me an email with any questions about ordering a custom military statue to honor your local hero.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Ralphy the Shi-Tzu-Pomeranian Mix Dog Bronze Portrait

Mixed Breed Doggy That Will Make you Smile...

When a dog is a mixed breed, you get the best of both worlds, and still it is a surprise.
This cute little gentleman is Ralphy, a Shi-Tzu-Pomeranian mix dog.

 I can tell you that he has the most adorable face I've ever seen.

Bronze dog portrait Shi-tzu-Pomeranian mix dog
Ralphy the Dog Bronze shows him with his favorite toy

The statue accurately depicts Ralphy's unique markings- a rusty color mustache and a narrow stripe on his chest.

Bronze Ralphy was shipped to Australia.
This original bronze portrait sculpture was created as a surprise Christmas gift.

It is good to know that the Australians love their dogs as much as we do here in the US.