WWI Inspired Dog Names in Pop Culture
An American Bull Terrier named Stubby was bestowed the rank of sergeant for his bravery during World War I. He joined the 102nd Infantry Regiment (United States) and was assigned to the 26th (Yankee) Division where he was considered the official mascot.
This stocky dog was found as a stray on the Yale University campus in New Haven, Connecticut in June of 1917. One soldier, Corporal Robert Conroy, who was drilling on the campus at the time become very fond of the pug-nosed dog. Unfortunately, with the War raging, Corporal Conroy’s regiment was scheduled to ship out. The Corporal couldn’t imagine life without the stray so he smuggled him onto the ship by hiding him under his overcoat. Corporal Conroy and his buddy’s had trained the dog to salute on command so when the commanding officer found the stowaway dog, Stubby promptly saluted him and won the officer’s heart.
Upon arrival in France, Corporal Conroy, Stubby, and his fellow soldiers were stationed on the front line trenches. They would all serve a rough 18 months together. They would participate in four offensives and 17 battle. In February, Stubby and the soldiers were under 24-hr fire from the opposing forces. Stubby was injured in the front leg by a grenade thrown by a German soldier. He was promptly sent to medical to recover. After he returned to battle, the stout dog was again injured by inhaling mustard gas. After the inhalation episode, Stubby wore a small gas mask fashioned for his face. Stubby’s keen sense of hearing allowed him to warn his troops about incoming artillery and mustard gas because he would hear the whine of the shells before human ears. He was also credited with helping capture a German spy.
The stout dog was adored everywhere and brought much-needed cheer to many during extremely dire times. The lady’s of one French town were so enamored with the dog that they sewed him a war jacket with all of his medals. When the war finally ended, Stubby retired to civilian life where he marched in many parades, met three presidents, and was honored with a gold medal from the Humane Education Society.
Stubby died in his sleep in 1926. He was mounted through a taxidermy process and is now on display at the Smithsonian Institution. There is also a plaque that tells about his many honorable WWI stories of valor and perseverance.
WWI Inspired Dog Name Considerations
The important role of canines on the battlefield during World War I is undeniable. Millions of animals such as dogs and horses were used to assist soldiers on the front lines in a variety of capacities. Canines commonly lived alongside soldiers in the trenches. They fought beside their comrades and served as couriers. Dogs became known as fearless fighters who were extremely loyal to their owners.
During World War I, the most common breeds used on the battlefield were German Shepherds and Dobermans. However, other medium sized breeds were also frequently utilized. Consider your dog's breed and you may find that a WWI name is just the fit.
One of the most common uses for canines during the war were as casualty dogs. Casualty dogs sought out the wounded on the battlefield. The dogs were equipped with pouches that they carried on their backs. They would venture out to the wounded, often under extreme fire, to deliver medications and supplies so a wounded warrior could treat his pain or staunch the flow of blood from his wound until his human comrades could assist him. The canine would often stay beside the wounded soldier all the way until he breathed his last breath. The dog provided comfort and companionship during the person’s last minutes of life.
Sentry dogs were indispensable during the war. They would automatically alert soldiers to any approaching enemies or strange noises. Their sense of smell and ability to hear far surpasses that of humans so the role of sentry dog was critical. Small dogs were even carried as mascots by pilots in their planes. It is believed that the fearless little dogs served a valuable purposes by lifting morale for the soldiers who were often sent into very dangerous and often fatal situations. If your dog is the affectionate type, or brings you comfort daily, consider a WWI name to honor their personality.
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