5 Heartwarming Stories of Fearless Service Dogs
It’s not just clich ; it’s something you know in your heart: dog is truly man’s best friend.
You know firsthand the great capacity your dog has for loving humans (and other animals, for that matter!). You see it in how she comforts you when you’re down. It shows in how her ears perk up at the least sign of danger.
At Everyday Pets, we’re delighted to share the stories of some canines devoted to helping humans. Read how these lovable canines braved the dangers of war and disaster to be there for us in some of our darkest hours.
Here are 5 heartwarming stories of fearless service dogs and how they served.
During World War I, this loveable mutt rose to the rank of “sergeant” from dubious beginnings. The story goes that Sergeant Stubby snuck into the United States army ranks through his owner. However, he was allowed to stay after he won over his owner’s commanding officer with a doggie salute.
During the war, Stubby helped lost and injured soldiers; he even alerted soldiers to the presence of deadly gas and helped capture a German spy. Take a look at that picture of Stubby and his decorations!
Sinbad, Chief Petty Officer
During World War II, this fearless canine served with the United States Coast Guard. Sinbad earned fame for sailing the seas on the USCG vessel the Campbell.
Sinbad braved an attack by the German U-boat U-606 and served on the Campbell for 11 years. He may have been a dog, but that didn’t mean he didn’t have his military identification and sleeping quarters!
Source: United States Coast Guard
During 1940-1941, Germany engaged in an all-out assault on Britain, known as the Blitz. During this time, massive air raids turned the buildings of England into rubble.
After one attack, an air raid warden found a friendless dog; he named his new canine companion Rip. Rip was soon sniffing the victims of the attacks out of the rubble, and it is said that he located over 100 people. He was awarded the Dickin medal for his valor.
The dog in this picture had the distinction of serving after two of America’s most disastrous events: September 11 and Hurricane Katrina.
Jake’s illustrious career had an unlikely beginning. Jake’s owner found him injured at a pound as a puppy. However, Mary Flood saw his potential and adopted him. Jake recovered from his injuries and was trained as a service dog. He had the incredible strength to search for the victims of the 9/11 attacks in the Ground Zero rubble.
This German Shepherd braved the risks of explosives as a bomb-sniffing dog. However, Lex was known for something even more special—his love and loyalty for his handler, Dustin Lee.
Dustin and Lex were together during an attack in Fallujah, Iraq. When Dustin was mortally wounded, Lex stayed by Dustin’s side until he was dragged away. Dustin’s family eventually adopted Lex who had loved their son so much.
While your dog may not be a service hero, we know he or she has won your heart with the love, devotion, and companionship woven throughout these stories.
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