Celebrating Military Dogs on Remembrance day
On November 11, we will remember and honour friends and family members who fought for us in battle. Because we love dogs so much at Ruff and Tumble, we thought we would honour and remember them too! The loyalty and bravery of dogs is never more tested than in war. Did you know that 65 dogs have won the Dickin Medal – the Victoria Cross for dogs? And that German Shepherds were parachuted into Taliban strongholds with video camera equipment? Dogs surprise us every day, but these dogs will humble your heart.
This plucky English Pointer was saved by Frank Williams in a POW camp, which they were not freed from until 1945. Judy - who was clearly multi-talented - survived two torpedo attacks and was a POW twice. She fought the guards when they attacked the men, as well as tigers and alligators! This brave pooch swam to rescue soldiers from a sinking ship and found fresh water for them when it ran out. After the war, Judy was awarded the Dickin Medal and she and Williams remained inseparable for the rest of their lives.
Loyal Lex, a German Shepherd, and his handler, Cpl. Dustin Lee, were struck by a mortar in Fallujah. This loyal dog was struck by shrapnel, but managed to crawl over to Lee and lie on top of him, protecting Lee until medics arrived. Other soldiers reportedly had to pull Lex away so that Lee could be helped. Sadly, Lee died, but Lex, who had 50 pieces of shrapnel in his body, was adopted by Lee’s family, and continued to work to support and comfort veterans.
Treo, a beautiful black lab, started out in life as a bit of a naughty boy, and was donated to the army by his owners who hoped that he would be straightened out! Army life clearly suited him however, and in 2010 he was awarded the Dickin Medal for saving lives of soldiers and civilians. He was so good at sniffing out explosives that he gained notoriety amongst the enemy who referred to him as ‘that black dog’ on intercepted radio traffic! In 2015 he was buried by his owner, Sgt Heyhoe, with his medal and the Union Jack.
A massive thanks goes to Ruff ad Tumble for all the above information on our canine heroes.