Four-Legged Hero is Honored – #WATWB

This is Memorial Day weekend in the States, a time when we stop to pay tribute to the brave men and women who gave their lives in service to our country. Memorial Day is not a day to honor veterans, but when thinking about the men and women who have fallen, it’s hard to ignore those who serve today.

As I was searching the news yesterday, I stumbled across a story about Sgt. Stubby, a service dog from World War One, whose interesting and unlikely military career began in New Haven, Connecticut. Sgt. Stubby is going to be honored this weekend:

“Pvt. J. Robert Conroy befriended the stray pup in New Haven as the 102nd Infantry Regiment trained on the Yale University campus in the summer of 1917. Conroy smuggled Stubby aboard a troop ship to France and hid him in the coal hold.

The war had been raging for three years before the U.S. joined the fight on April 6, 1917. Arriving early in 1918, Connecticut soldiers were among the first American troops to take positions on the jagged front and the first to draw blood and suffer casualties.

Stubby became the regiment’s mascot and protector. He came to recognize the smell of mustard gas and warned comrades of impending gas attacks. Able to differentiate between English and German, he alerted medics to wounded Americans between the lines. He even captured a German spy by biting him on the rear. Twice wounded, Stubby participated in 17 battles.”

While Sgt. Stubby entered the war by accident, he served well and is said to be the most decorated dog of WWI. His (stuffed) remains are on display at the Smithsonian Institution. More than a century after his service ended, a life-sized statue of this famous pup will be unveiled in Middletown, CT tomorrow (Saturday, May 26, 2018).

The article is about the statue, but I’m also including an excerpt from Wikipedia:

“Stubby survived the war and received many decorations. The women of the town of Chateau-Thierry sewed a jacket to hold his medals. After the war, the celebrated canine shook hands with President Woodrow Wilson, met two other presidents and served as mascot of the Georgetown University Hoyas. He died in 1926.”

In addition, I’d like to direct your attention to GP Cox’s wonderful blog “Pacific Paratrooper” chronicling the wars in the Pacific through history, first-hand accounts and family memories. In December 2016, GP featured a story on military dogs being honored for their service. Trust me, that blog post is worth your reading.

The “We are the World” Blogfest has extended its year-long journey and this is month two of year-two. This blogfest’s goal is to spread the message of light, hope and love in today’s world. We are challenging all participants to share the positive side of humanity. This month’s co-hosts Shilpa Garg, Inderpreet Kaur Uppal, Peter Nena, Andrea Michaels, Damyanti Biswas, welcome participants and encourage all to join in during future months. #WATWB is a blog hop on the last Friday of every month. Click HERE to check out the intention and rules of the blogfest and feel free to sign up at any time between now and February of 2019.

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  1. I don’t know who befriended who first. The dog or the human. Whoever made that first step was too wise, too discerning. Dogs are have so much love, so much understanding. I saw something once on my way home: it said, “The only thing wrong with a dog is the person saying there is something wrong with a dog.” I liked it.

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  2. During my childhood days, I was so scared of dogs. However, my sister’s in-laws had two bulldogs and gradually I got tuned in. My brother-in-law then had a German shepherd and I got emotionally connected with dogs thereafter. I think they are truly man’s best friend. Probably, if I ever move into a bigger home in the future I will have one to be by my side. How’s Maddie doing these days? I guess no more snow mountains to play.

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  3. That’s a doggone good story for #WATWB. In your photos, Stubby has the appearance of being a canine that was very much loved by his owner and the people he served. I especially adore the jacket of medals they made for him. It takes a special dog to keep putting itself in danger like that – so courageous!

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  4. Hi Dan – that’s a wonderful story … I’m so pleased to read about Stubby … and so glad he came home safe and sound … though I’m sure he suffered from the noise and horrors … but he’d have given comfort as well as earned it … delightful – cheers Hilary

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  5. Enjoyed this post Dan. I’ve read about Stubby before, and I’m so glad you brought him to the attention of all your followers. Don’cha just love his coat of medals and how proudly he wore it? How lucky we are that our four-legged friends are so courageous and willing to fight alongside our brave men and women. So glad Stubby is being honored.
    🔹 Ginger 🔹

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    1. Thanks Ginger. I’m glad you liked this. We’ve had four dogs, but only one that would willingly wear a coat like that. He looks pretty proud, strutting his stuff. I am glad they made him the little coat.

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  6. The dogs, horses, mules, camels and other four-legged members of the Armed Forces tend to be forgotten as time goes on, but they were (and in some cases still are) crucial to this nation’s war efforts. Great post.

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      1. I’ve done a couple on the animals, and really need to do another – it’s been a while. Trouble is someone always tells me what happens to so many of them after a war is over. I jump for joy when I know we bring them home and find them a family!!

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  7. This dinky little town has police dogs, two of them. One is relatively new and still in training because the one before her died in the line of duty. His name was Cain. My husband and I bought the t-shirts that show a picture of him on the back and his name with a paw print on the front. I love honoring him this way.

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    1. That’s a very nice way to honor him. We have a small police force, but we’ve had a canine officer for almost 20 years (several dogs). They write up the things that the dogs are able to do, and the way that they help, and I think they provide very good service.

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  8. Sargent Stubby really deserved those medals. I was imagining that being in such a dangerous and traumatic situation as a WWI battlefield the dog would be traumatized as well but he was able to cope and help the soldiers.

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