Category: dogs

“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
friends!”

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
Programs
.

                                         “Litt…

                                         “Little
refugee clings to her dog through thick and thin”

“Last
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
1918
, 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…

“My
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.

‘May 9 1918 – At Picquigny, near Amiens …

‘May 9 1918 – At Picquigny,
near Amiens
– I guess we’re going to have a pretty warm time… Tho Amiens was formerly a
city of 140,000 people the Boches have shelled and bombed it so much that
hardly 200 are left. The refugees stream thru Picquigny in a seemingly endless
line being carried mostly by British trucks. We
are given a garden to pitch our pup tents in and Deack and I bunk together not mentioning the doggies, Pinard and
Grenade, who are supposed to sleep in a box but prefer our blankets!’

American ambulance driver’s diary in Picardie, France – The Compensation of War – Photo: 1918, American soldier & his pup sitting front of his pup tent. The National WW1 Museum and Memorial

‘Friday, May 3 1918 – We’re off fo…

‘Friday, May 3 1918 – We’re off for the Somme! Left Bazien today with orders to proceed westward.
This is pretty indefinite, but surely we’re going to the “Big one.” Rumor has
it that we are going to Meaux where we will stay some time. Our dogs are riding
with us. Dogs are wonderful especially in war time as they are very close to us
and their loyalty is so striking.’

American ambulance driver’s diary – The compensation
of War
– Photo: WW1 France, soldiers rolling with their dog. The National WW1 Museum & Memorial

                                              …

                                                           Breakfast with the toutous

“In sign of gratitude, the doggies wagged their tails – these men
and their dogs were so moving.”

Lectures pour tous: revue universelle et populaire
illustrée
 

– Photo: WW1 French soldiers sharing their breakfast with their doggies.

“We found a dog with his chain caught in the b…

“We found a dog with
his chain caught in the barbed wire. We released him and he hasn
t left our side since.”

WW1 RTBF “Chiens de guerre”— Photo: A doggy keeping company to French soldiers pumping water out of their flooded trench.

“April 4 1918 – Today we made a trip to …

“April 4 1918 – Today we made a trip to Luneville and bought puppies
for 50 francs each. I have named mine Pinard Pinard is the best dog. They still drink milk
and we have paid a woman to take care of them while we remain here. Two months
is young to go to war but I guess they’ll survive and I hope we can take them
home with us.”

American ambulance driver in the Baccarat
sector, Lorraine, France – The Compensation of War – Photo: 1918, France, American soldiers and
their pups. Chelsea District Library

                             “A woman su…

                             “A woman surgeon for
the French army! It could not be.”

“— For God’s  Sake, I asked for a doctor they send me a
bimbo!
“ Barked the Army doctor

— I am sorry, sir, but I am here, assigned
to your hospital, and I feel perfectly competent to take on this work.”
Dr. Nicole Gerard-Mangin replied.

More about Dr. Mangin:

“British
women could be military doctors and surgeons. But the French woman doctor, oh,
everyone was sure that her place was home.

She stood before me as
she came from her operating room, her curly brown hair
escaping from the surgeon’s white cap set firmly on her pretty head, a surgeon’s
white apron tied closely back. She is dainty and charming. “Madame la
petite Major
” she is lovingly known to the soldiers of France. You will
notice on one of the sleeves of her uniform the gold stripe that denotes a
wound, and on her right pink cheek you will see the scar of it. On her other
coat sleeve are the gold bars for three years of military service.

Grey-haired
French scientists take their orders from Madame la petite Major. Soldiers in
the corridors give her the military salute. One day there came a celebrated
French general: “When I heard about you at Verdun, I could not believe it.
I insisted, She cannot be a surgeon. She is only a nurse. I have made the
journey all the way to Paris,
” he smiled in candor, “to find out if
you are real.”

Women
Wanted: The Story Written in Blood Red Letters on the Horizon of the Great
World War
– Photo: 1918, Doctor Mangin and her beloved doggy “Dun” , short for “Verdun”