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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The Archeology Dog.

You’ve probably heard of cadaver dogs, which search for recently deceased victims of disasters. But what about deaths that happened 1000’s of years ago? Enter Fabel, the archeology dog. Fabel is a German Shepard that is used to detect buried bones. Makes sense, as dogs and buried bones go together. But for this type of […]

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Nemo.

On December 4, 1966, Nemo and Airman Bob Thorneburg were on patrol near the company’s airbase in Vietnam. The two came under enemy fire and the German Shepherd took a round to his eye and Throneburg was shot in the shoulder. Despite his wound Nemo attacked the enemy, giving Throneburg the time he needed to […]

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MASH.

No I’m not talking about the old movie or TV show – MASH is the Maricopa County Sheriff Office Animal Safe Haven Unit. MASH cares for, rehabilitates and re-homes animals from abuse and neglect cases. Currently located inside the First Avenue Jail, Arizona inmates provide the care, which provides animal therapy and teaches them animal […]

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War Dogs on Guam.

After the events set forth in my Kurt the Doberman blog http://www.simplysoldaz.com/kurt-the-doberman/, the Marines declared Guam secure after three weeks of fighting in 1944. But some 8,000 Japanese soldiers remained, hidden in the jungle. The war dogs were asked to find them. “That’s the worst fighting you can get into,” said a former Marine. “You […]

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Get a Deduction for Pet Expenses.

SimplySOLD donates food and supplies and makes monetary contributions to local animal charities. You may do the same, and if you incur pet expenditures in your home, you could be entitled to a tax deduction. For example, taking care of or fostering a charity’s pets. In a Tax Court case, the court allowed a volunteer’s […]

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Kurt the Doberman.

Kurt was a Doberman that landed on Guam in WWII on July 23, 1944. The next day Kurt led Marines climbing the hill above the beachhead. It was a crucial moment, as the Americans were trying to secure a foothold on the island. Kurt set out, zigzagging in front of the troops with his handler, […]

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Chips.

Chips was a German Shepherd-Collie-Siberian Husky mix in the American army during WWII. During the invasion of Sicily in 1943, Chips and his handler were pinned down by an Italian machine-gun. Chips broke from his handler and jumped into the Italian pillbox, attacking the four gunners and forcing them to surrender. In the fight, he […]

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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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