Sgt. Stubby War Dog Hero!

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sergeant stubbyMeet America’s first war dog, a stray Pit Bull / Terrier mix, named Stubby. He became Sgt. Stubby, the most decorated war dog of World War I and the only dog to be promoted to sergeant through combat. One day he appeared at Yale Field in New Haven, Connecticut; while a group of soldiers were training, stopping to make friends with soldiers as they drilled. One soldier, Corporal Robert Conroy, developed a fondness for the dog. He named him Stubby because of his short legs. When it became time for the outfit to ship out, Conroy hid Stubby on board the troop ship. In order to keep the dog, the private taught him to salute his commanding officers warming their hearts to him.
Stubby served with the 102nd Infantry, 26th (Yankee) Division in the trenches in France for 18 months and participated in sgt stubby pitbull four offensives and 18 battles. The loud noise of the bombs and gun fire did not bother him. He was never content to stay in the trenches but went out and found wounded soldiers.
Stubby entered combat on February 5, 1918 at Chemin Des Dames, north of Soissons, and was under constant fire, day and night for over a month. In April 1918, during a raid to take Schieprey, Stubby was wounded in the foreleg by the retreating Germans throwing hand grenades. sgt stubby war dog He was sent to the rear for convalescence, and as he had done on the front was able to improve morale. When he recovered from his wounds, Stubby returned to the trenches.
After being gassed and nearly dying himself, Stubby learned to warn sergeant stubby pitbull his unit of poison gas attacks, continued to locate wounded soldiers in no man’s land, and since he could hear the whine of incoming artillery shells before humans could, became very adept at letting his unit know when to duck for cover.stubby the war dog hero He was solely responsible for capturing a German spy in the Argonne. The spy made the mistake of speaking German to him when they were alone. Stubby knew he was no ally and attacked him biting and holding on to him by the seat of his pants until his comrades could secure him.

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Sergeant Stubby War Dog

Following the retaking of Chateau-Thierry by the US, the thankful women of the sergeant dog town made Stubby a chamois coat on which were pinned his many medals. There is also a legend that while in Paris with Corporal Conroy, Stubby saved a young girl from being hit by a car. At the end of the war, Conroy smuggled Stubby home. After returning home, Stubby became a celebrity and marched in, and normally led, many parades across the country. He met sergeant stubby dogPresidents Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge, and Warren G. Harding. Starting in 1921, he attended Georgetown University Law Center with Conroy, and became the Georgetown Hoyas’ team mascot. He would be given the football at halftime and would nudge the ball around the field to the amusement of the fans.
Stubby was made a life member of the American Legion, the sgt stubby smithsonian Red Cross, and the YMCA. In 1921, the Humane Education Society awarded him a special gold medal for service to his country. It was presented by General John Pershing.
In 1926, Stubby died in Conroy’s arms. His remains are featured in The Price of sgt stubby ww1 Freedom: Americans at War exhibit at the Smithsonian. Stubby was honored with a brick in the Walk of Honor at the United States World War I monument, Liberty Memorial, in Kansas City at a ceremony held on Armistice Day, November 11, 2006.

~ Capt. Bob “Wolf” Johnson


Capitan the Dog Guards Deceased Owner’s Grave

Capitan the Dog

The UK daily mail reported that a faithful dog has refused to leave the side of his dead master’s grave for six years.
Capitan the DogA German shepherd named Capitan ran away from home after the death of Argentinean Miguel Guzman in 2006. A week later Mr. Guzman’s family went to pay their respects and found the heartbroken pet sitting by his owner’s grave. Capitan has not left Miguel Guzman’s grave since 2006 and sleeps on top of it every night. The grieving dog has rarely left the spot at the cemetery in the town of Villa Carlos Paz, central Argentina. Mr. Guzman bought the dog in 2005 and suddenly died in 2006. By the time his family had returned home from the funeral Capitan was gone.
Mr. Guzman’s widow Veronica told Argentina’s Cordoba newspaper: “We searched for him but he had vanished. We thought he must have been run over and died.” The following Sunday they went to the cemetery capitan dog and Damian, Mr. Guzman’s son recognized the dog and Capitan came up to them barking and wailing, as if he was crying. They had never taken him to the cemetery so it is a mystery as to how he managed to find the place. Mr. Guzman’s son Damian has tried to bring Capitan home but he always runs back to the cemetery in Villa Carlos Paz.
The cemetery’s director Hector Baccarat remembers the day he first saw the dog. He said: “He turned up here one day, all on his own, and started wandering capitan dog grave all around the cemetery until he eventually found the tomb of his master. During the day he sometimes has a walk around the cemetery, but always rushes back to the grave. And every day, at six o’clock sharp, he lies down on top of the grave and stays there all night.” Mr. Baccega said staff at the cemetery are now feeding and taking care of Capitan. Mr. Guzman’s son Damian said: “I’ve tried to bring Capitan home several times, but he always comes straight back to the cemetery. I think he’s going to be there until he dies too. He’s looking after my Dad.”

Liam Tasker and Theo the Bomb Sniffing Dog

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liam taskerTheo, a military bomb sniffing dog, was given a posthumous award for his bravery in war. The loyal Springer Spaniel mix died last year, a few hours after his handler was fatally shot. Lance Corporal Liam Tasker and Theo performed dangerous work in Afghanistan. The pair went on 14 missions searching out roadside bombs in the Helmand Province and in their 5 months on the job uncovered more bombs and hoards of weapons than any other British dog and handler in the conflict. Tragically, insurgents killed Liam, 26, in a firefight. Theo survived and was brought back to the military base, but died only a few hours later from a seizure, likely brought on by stress. Many say he died of a broken heart.
This week, Theo received the PDSA Dickin Medal, which is the canine equivalent of a Victoria Cross. It is the highest honor an animal can receive for bravery in war. Liam was also posthumously awarded the A Mention In Despatches, one of Liam Tasker and Theo the British military’s oldest recognitions for bravery. Colonel Neil Smith, of The Royal Army Veterinary Corps, said: “This very special dog and handler undoubtedly prevented many soldiers and civilians being killed or injured.”
Liam’s family was delighted to hear of the award. His mother Jane Duffy told the Daily Mail UK, “It means so much because Liam put Theo forward for the medal when he was in Afghanistan, before he was killed, because he was so good.”


Two Dogs Born Without Front Legs

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two legged dogWhen we see a picture like this, we frantically try to think of a scientific explanation for how it’s possible. Dogs need four legs to stand upright, correct? Or at least three? Well these two prove us all wrong. Meet Cute and Bambi, two dogs who live in Quezon City, Philippines. They were both born with only their rear legs, but they’ve adapted just fine to life as kangaroo-like creatures. Because they are so unique, their owner, street vendor Lope Tulipas, has rejected multiple offers to buy the pair, and they seem quite happy. Animals often teach us a thing or two about adaptability.
They remind us that life is never perfect, but that we are called to do the very best with what we have been given. If fact, the scriptures teach that God’s power is not made complete in our strength but is showcased in our weakness. All of us are born less than perfect, but we do not have to live a “less than” life. Because of the Lord, we can live a “greater than” life. For “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (NASB, Philippians 4:13).

Dog and Cheetah : Unlikely Friends

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I am a “dog” person. Don’t get me wrong, I love cats too, but I don’t think I will be curled up on the couch with Fluffy any time soon……or will I? After watching the video below, I could see myself being a “cat” person. Our dog, Parker, needs a play friend and I could not imagine the faces of my fellow Norconians as I walk down Sixth Street with my new feline friend. Then again, it just might be a normal day in Norco to see some strange animal cruising down the street.

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Cropper the Fox : A Very Happy Ending

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Cropper the FoxThis is the story of a very compassionate man and a loving beautiful fox. Six years ago, Cropper was found in the street after a fight with dogs. The young fox was seriously injured and suffering with toxoplasmosis. Cropper was nursed back to health by this man’s patience, love and determination. Because of the injuries he will never be able to be strong enough to fend for himself in the wild, but Cropper has a new home and spends very happy days with his human friend.
Love is not just a feeling it is a demonstrated action. In the first Mike Towler Fox letter to the Corinthian church Paul used 16 attributes to describe love and not one of them is a feeling (1 Corinthians 13:4-8). The feeling that we call love is a by-product of the actions.
The deepest bonds formed between people, or people and animals, are the result of love being demonstrated. I remember the first dog my wife rescued from the local pound. It was my wife’s love that was somehow understood by that Puggle that forged a deep relationship between my wife and that dog. Mugsy, as she would be called, stayed always near my wife showing a loyalty that seemed to communicate gratitude. For as long as she lived she was truly my wife’s dog.
Thank you to all who care and show it by how lovingly they treat others. Thank you to this man demonstrating his kindness to one of God’s creatures.

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Puppy Laying with Baby Jesus

Puppy Laying with Baby JesusA Nativity Scene was erected in the central square of Criciuma, a small town in Santa Caterina state, in Brazil. During the night the folks came across this scene. An abandoned dog was looking for a comfortable, protected place to sleep. He chose Puppy Laying with Jesus in Manger baby Jesus as his comfort. No one had the heart to send him away so he was there all night. Once again an animal gives us a reminder during the Christmas season to draw near to the one who truly comforts and protects. It is no wonder that the dog breed is a “Shepherd!”

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Puppy Laying with Baby Jesus

Fawn and Bobcat : Unlikely Friends

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bobcat and fawn Okay, so it is not exactly the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecy of the wolf lying down with the lamb, but it is close (Isaiah 11:6). These two were found huddled together in the laundry room of a house after a fire in the surrounding mountains had separated them from their mothers. Under normal circumstances, their natures would make them enemies, but this bobcat and fawn found comfort in each other. The overwhelming sense of vulnerability and insecurity made them disregard instinct for the sake of preservation.
It is often said that adversity will either tear us apart or bring us together. This is just a brief reminder that coming together can prove beneficial if at least the fear of being alone is removed. Ecclesiastes says it best, “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either fawn and bobcat kittenof them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him” (NASB, Ecc. 4:9-12).

Orangutan and Hound Dog : Unlikely Friends

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Since these two lost souls met they have been inseparable ever since!

Orangutan and the Hound
Roscoe and Suryia

They are together 24 hours a day in all their activities.

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The Orangutan and Hound

They live in Northern California where swimming is their favorite past time, although Suryia (the Orangutan) is a little afraid of the water and needs his friend the orangutan and the hound dog Roscoe’s (the Hound Dog) help to swim. Together they have discovered the joy and laughter in life and the value of friendship. They have found more than a friendly shoulder to lean on.
Long Live Friendship!!!!!!!
Some say life is too short, others say it is too long, but I know that nothing that we do makes sense if we don’t touch the hearts of others while it lasts!
May you always have Love to Share, Health to Spare, And Friends who Care… even if they are a little hairy at times.