Hardened Combat Veteran
Stubby’s first combat injury came as a result of a gas attack. You read that correctly, Stubby the dog survived a chemical warfare attack in combat. After being nursed back to health at a field hospital, Stubby became extremely sensitive to the smell of gas and awoke his fellow troops in the wee hours of the morning through barking and biting when a surprise gas attack took place.
Stubby served as the ultimate sentinel for gas attack and subsequently saved countless lives. But if that were not enough, Stubby was also known to locate wounded men between the trenches and bark until medical personnel were able to retrieve the fallen soldier.
Pop quiz, when was the last time you stood up between the trenches of entrenched machine guns and barked to locate a wounded brother in arms? But Stubby was hardly limited to being a defensive weapon. In 1918, Stubby literally captured a German spy mapping out the positions of the allied trenches. I’ll say that again, this puppy caught a German spy and bit him until he was apprehended.
For his actions against the German spy, Stubby was recommended for the rank of Sergeant and became the first dog to receive rank in the United States Armed Forces. Stubby was later wounded in a grenade attack, but survived. Having served in 17 World War I battles, stubby went on to increase the morale of wounded of soldiers before honoring war dogs everywhere stateside.
He went on to lead a pass and review parade of soldiers and meet 3, count them, 3 United States Presidents. He was more decorated than many US soldiers and received a medal from the human society presented by none other than General Pershing himself. In 1926, Stubby the canine would pass away as the most highly decorated and honored dog in United States History. This is not a fiction, but a documented historical fact. So you may go on wishing you had your own Lassie or Air Bud as a pet, but as for me and my household, I will always long for my own Stubby the War Dog.