Recent Posts: Animal Stories (mostly Dogs in the Military)

Stories of animals in military conflicts, with emphasis on dogs – and my favorite breed, Dobermans

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Lucky The Doberman.

One of the Doberman Pinchers used by the Marines in the Pacific in WWII was “Lucky”. He was used, like many of the other Dobermans, to locate Japanese snipers using the dogs’ smell, hearing and vision. During one successful mission where multiple snipers were located, Lucky’s handler was wounded. Lucky stayed beside him until he […]

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Dogs in Space.

Did you know that dogs were first in space? While remembering the anniversary of the U.S. landing on the moon, we should give credit to the dogs that paved the way for manned space flight. The Soviet Union was the first to use dogs in orbital flights to obtain the data necessary to prepare for […]

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A Dog: Man’s Best Physician?

In the ancient world, dogs were thought to have knowledge of medicine. It was noted that dogs elevate an injured leg, just like Hippocrates (the father of medicine) prescribed for injured limbs. And dogs know to lick their wounds to ensure they will remain clean and to speed healing. As a result, dogs were featured […]

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The Dog Who Could Fly.

Antis is the only dog who officially was allowed to fly with his master in World War II. He was found as a just weaned German Shepherd puppy in no-mans land in France in 1940, after his future master crashed landed near the locked home he had been abandoned in. From there they were inseparable, […]

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Rags to Riches – A WWI Dog Story.

In a blackout darkened alley of Paris in 1917, an American soldier stumbled over what he thought was a pile of rags. It turned out to be a scruffy terrier, who decided to not to leave the soldier’s side, even when he went to the front. “Rags” assisted the soldier in his dangerous job of […]

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Dobermans in Action in the Pacific, Part 2.

Although Doberman Pinchers started out as the Marines’ official combat dog, by the end of WWII they were replaced by German Shepherds (see my blog Dobermans Flunk Out of the War). An example of why Dobies were dropped is the experience of Clarence Rea when out on a mountain night patrol on Saipan. The dog […]

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Bing the Parachuting Dog.

An Alsatian and Collie cross, Bing made more than 20 parachute jumps in World War II. He joined the British army in 1944, and his first action was in Normandy on D-Day. It wasn’t all smooth sailing – he had to be ‘helped’ out of the plane with a piece of meat, and then landed […]

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They Shoot Horses? Operation Cowboy.

In the last days of the WWII, American soldiers captured a German spy with photos of beautiful white horses in his briefcase. They pictured the world famous Lippizzaner “dancing” horses, which were being kept on a farm behind enemy lines, in the future Russian occupation zone. But with the starving Russian army closing in, the […]

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Dobermans in Action in the Pacific.

Although Doberman Pinchers were the Marines first choice, they proved to be unsuitable as a combat dog in WWII. Their replacement had to do with Dobermans not being fierce and fearless enough in combat. But in some situations they did prove useful. In 1944 Jim McEnery served in New Guinea (the same place Smoky the […]

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A Yorkie in WWII.

My latest entry about pets in wartime is about Smoky, a 4 pound female Yorkshire Terrier. She became a war hero and has six memorials honoring her nationally. Smoky was found in the South Pacific in February 1944, sitting in an abandoned Japanese foxhole in the New Guinea jungle. The soldiers thought she belonged to […]

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Dobermans Flunk Out of the War.

Although Doberman Pinchers started out as the Marines’ official combat dog, by the end of WWII German Shepherds had replaced Dobermans as the preferred breed. The problem was said to be that Dobermans were a thinking breed, so could alter their behavior based on their experience. For example, they might avoid following an order when […]

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Dobermans go to War.

In my blog about King Mickey, I told the story of a Marine Corps bulldog during World War II. Bulldogs aren’t the only dog with ties to the Marines. In WWII the Marines needed dogs for combat as “scouts” on patrol or as sentries when dug in, to warn our troops of the approach of […]

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When Uncle Sam Wanted your Dog.

Animals have served with distinction in U.S. military conflicts, but when the U.S. entered WWII, there was no official military dog program. Although dogs had been used in WWI, the training programs had been disbanded so everything had to start from scratch. Due to the urgent need, a civilian created Dogs for Defense, and the […]

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Animals in the Military.

I stick to real estate and Arizona economic topics in this blog, but can’t pass up writing about my two favorite things – pets and military history. So I told you about Reckless, a Marine Korean war horse. This time the war is WWII and about a dog. Phoenix resident King Mickey was “enlisted” at […]

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Do You Love Animals?

Then support animal charities through SimplySOLD™! The holiday season means giving, and SimplySOLD™ does its part. We donate to the Arizona Humane Society each time a qualifying transaction closes. I also donate to the Hermitage no-kill cat shelter in Tucson. Since Spring, I have sent these charities checks in an amount over $1,700. So if […]

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