Category: dogs

                                              …

                                                                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
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

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                                                           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.