Friday Links

Hello readers,

I’ve now been in blogland one month! To celebrate, here are a few links for your dog-related weekend reading:

  • Help the Cute: My human writer digital friend Mr. Iain wrote a brief post about two worthy organizations in Sri Lanka that help four-legged creatures, one for elephants and one for street dogs. I have never met an elephant, but I am sure that if I did, we would get along. And I know that I wouldn’t want to be living on the street, so I am glad to know these people are helping my Sri Lankan cousins.
  • Know a Breed — The Rat Terrier: Paw Print Diary has an introduction to the Rat Terrier. Sometimes people on the street declare with great confidence that they can see I am part Rat Terrier. However, I have no interest in hunting, killing, or consorting with rats. Which is a pity, because we certainly have an abundance of them in New York.
  • White Rodent Finds Fame on the Great White Way: Not only is this rat a Broadway star, she also shares a dressing room with a dog. Don’t let the Rat Terriers find out about this!

Sergeant Stubby

My People tell me there have been a lot of mentions today of Sergeant Stubby, the dog hero of the First World War.  This article from earlier this year is worth revisiting:

On July 6, 1921, a curious gathering took place at the State, War, and Navy Building on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington. The occasion was a ceremony honoring veterans of the 102nd Infantry of the American Expeditionary Forces’ 26th “Yankee” Division, who had seen action in France during the Great War. The hall was packed with dozens of members of the 102nd—field clerks, infantrymen, generals—but one soldier in particular commanded the spotlight. The attention seemed to bother him; the New York Times reported that the soldier was “a trifle gun shy, and showed some symptoms of nervous excitement.” When photographers snapped his picture, he flinched.

Read the full article: Dogs of war: Sergeant Stubby, the U.S. Army’s original and still most highly decorated canine soldier..