Category: dogs


                                                                “Splendid creature”

“One morning, one of my men appeared at my tent with an enormous Great Dane. I think the animal was the largest dog I have ever seen. “Followed me into the boat,” explained
the man, “and I thought you might like him
sir” – "like
him well enough” I replied “but he must have a master somewhere.” I advertised in the Halifax papers. Two days later the owner appeared.

By that time the dog had attached himself
to me, and the men had incongruously named him ’‘Violet.” If any beast was ever farther from that fragile flower it was this splendid creature. I was much pleased when my crowd, who
had learned how attached I had become to Violet, chipped in together and
persuaded the owner to sell him to them for me”

WW1, American Lieutenant Richard
Evelyn Bird –
Skyward: Man’s Mastery of the Air – Photo: 1918, Violet, the Great Dane mascot of U.S. Naval Air Station in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Lieutenant Byrd – Royal Canadian Air Force

Note: on May 8, 1919, the Curtiss NC-4 flying boat of the U.S. Navy embarked
on the first transatlantic flight to England. Lieutenant Byrd’s expertise in
aerial navigation resulted in his appointment to plan the path of this historic flight.

               “She was a small, fuzzy-haired …

               “She was a small,
fuzzy-haired little dog with round black eyes and
restless tail.”

WW1, The Smallest Soldier of Them All – National
School Service, Volume 1 (USA) – Photo: WW1 American soldier and his puppy.

                  “I brought him with me and h…

brought him with me and he has been my constant companion ever since”

“Peanuts came into my possession
during the latter part of 1918 while I was stationed near
Verdun, and from that time on was our mascot. He was a French dog, evidently, understood the French language
and has not forgotten it to this day. When we came back to the States, I brought him with me and he has been my constant
companion ever since. Like the rest of us he has not forgotten the war and nothing
pleases him better than to have me dig up some of the old overseas

1918-1919, American medic serving in the US Medical
Corps –The American Legion Monthly, Volume 12 – Photo: WW1, port of Brest, France, American soldier traveling with his French pup.


                                                                Almost time to go home

“They were
the poilus’ companions of war, these brave doggies. Now that the war is over, it
is time to send them home. Not one soldier will ever forget his loyal furry friend,
with whom he shared good and bad times, his food, his straw bed, and all the
struggles of war. The poilus who survived the war know very well how much their survival depended
on these dogs and will always remember their friends’ immense heroism,
intelligence, and loyalty.”

Note: during
WW1, about 20,000 dogs were requisitioned in France. After the war, these
awesome dogs were either returned to their owners or placed in shelters for adoption.

Lectures pour tous – Guerre de 1914-1918 – Photo: WW1, Aisne, France, French soldier playing with his doggy. La Contemporaine

“I just found a dog. He is beautiful and very …

“I just found a dog. He is beautiful and very affectionate.
I will do all I can to keep him with me. He will be my companion.”

WW1 French soldier’s diary – Carnet de Guerre d’Emile Serre
Chtimiste – Photo : WW 1, French truck driver with his doggy in the
Marne sector, France. La Contemporaine

“The one absolutely unselfish friend that man …

“The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this
selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves
ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog.”

1918 – Scout, Red Cross and Army Dogs: A Historical Sketch of Dogs
in the Great War 
–  Photo: 1918, American ambulance driver sitting in his ambulance with his dog.
“Missouri Over There” Archives

Great photos of dogs in WW1 on Gallica France & Library of Congress

“I adore dogs – I don’t like cats that m…

“I adore dogs – I don’t like cats that much,
but I love rabbits! Animals make such great companions and even better: wonderful

WW1 French soldier’s letter – Courrier
de guerre : la poste aux armées 1914-1918
– Photo: French soldiers resting with their dog in a tent- From the beautiful book “The French Army in the First World War:
Rare Photographs from wartime Archives“

“Although Khaki was always terrified of the sh…

“Although Khaki was always terrified of the shells, he would
never let me go to work alone – One day I was driving a load of badly wounded.
So khaki licked their hands and lay down beside them: he loved them so much,
all these brave soldiers, and they loved him and stretched out their hands and
patted him.”

 WW1 American ambulance driver & his doggy in France – Khaki
the Dog story, here – Archives of the American Field Service and AFS Intercultural


refugee clings to her dog through thick and thin”

week, when the fleeing multitudes came to Paris from their
burning homes, we kept nurses and aids night and day at the
railroad stations, which are not very safe places at present, as they
are the objectives of the air
raids. Train loads crowded with refugees and wounded come in all night. Bless the thoughtful friends at home who supply me with money to use in individual relief. I meet so many pitiful little
families who have left everything behind. Many arrive carrying nothing but their
pets. One old woman brought her goat, which she said behaved better on the train than the children,
another hugged a rabbit, dogs and cats of course were plentiful and even little
pigs could be found, tucked under protecting arms, saved from the Boche stomach. Their calm
courage is marvelous, not a complaint was heard, not a tear shed.”

Spring 1918, E. Ashe, American Red Cross lady in France “Intimate Letters from France” – Photo: June
, Paris, beautiful photo taken by Hine, Lewis Wickes. More here about this photo – And, here,
these photos show the true American Spirit and the formidable American humanitarian
work accomplished during WW1.– Library of Congress

“My little dog quite possibly saved my l…

little dog quite possibly saved
my life. By whining in my hut during an Air Raid, she drew the attention of my
comrades who found me pinned down under the wreckage of a hangar. You will
understand I cannot part with her.”

WW1 British soldier writing  home about his
doggy. The Spectator, Volume 122 –  Photo: Northern France, WW1 wounded soldier in front of
his hut & holding his little dog.