Good dogs

The Military Working Dogs stamps.

All dogs might go to heaven, but four military working dogs have also found their way onto stamps that will be released Thursday, Aug. 1.

Military canines have aided U.S. soldiers in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

Dozens of dog breeds have served in the armed forces, but over time the number has decreased significantly. Military dogs and their handlers remain vital to the military, though, and receive extensive training and care.

The Military Working Dogs stamps feature stylized geometric illustrations of four of the canine breeds that commonly serve in the armed forces today — German shepherd, Labrador retriever, Belgian Malinois and Dutch shepherd.

The background of each stamp features a detail of a white star and the stylized digital illustrations are in red, white, blue and gold to represent the American flag and patriotism.

Greg Breeding, a USPS art director, designed the stamps using artwork created by DKNG Studios.

The stamps will be available at Post Offices and