Sergeant Stubby, so named for his lack of a tail, was a stray pitbull found wandering Yale campus by some soldiers there during drill.
"He learned the bugle calls, the drills, and even a modified dog salute as he put his right paw on his right eyebrow when a salute was executed by his fellow soldiers."
He was smuggled into WW1 by a soldier, and allowed to stay when he saluted the man who would later become his commanding officer.
He was sent to the trenches where he was under constant enemy fire for over a month. He was wounded in the leg by a German hand grenade, sent to a hospital to convalesce, then returned to the front lines…
After being wounded in a gas attack, Stubby developed such a sensitivity that he would run and bark and alert the other soldiers of incoming gas attacks AND artillery attacks precious seconds before they occurred, saving countless lives. A canine early warming system.
He would go into no man’s land, find wounded men, shouting in English, And stay with them, barking, until medics arrived.
He once captured a German spy.
The spy, mapping out Allied trenches, tried to call to Stubby, but Stubby got aggressive and then chased down and attacked the spy when he attempted to flee, allowing Allied soldiers to capture him.
For this he was awarded the rank of Sergeant- the first dog to do so.
After helping the Allies retake Château-Thierry in France, Sergeant Stubby was sewn a uniform by the women of the town, on which to wear his many medals.
He went on to meet multiple Presidents, dignitaries and ambassadors and become the mascot of Georgetown University football.
There is nothing about this that is not magical.
Cats who can’t figure out walls [x]
PLEASE TAKE YOUR CAT TO THE VET IF YOU SEE THEM DOING THIS BEHAVIOR OVER TIME.
It’s called “head pressing” and it occurs in dogs and cats.
Head pressing is characterized by the compulsive act of pressing the head against a wall or other object for no apparent reason. This generally indicates damage to the nervous system, which may result from a number of varying causes, including prosencephalon disease (in which the forebrain and thalamusparts of the brain are damaged), or toxic poisoning.
http://www.vet.cornell.edu/FHC/health_resources/toxoplasmosis.cfm (head pressing is listed as a symptom)
http://sevneurology.com/patients/clip-multilobular-osteochondroma (About a dog’s brain tumor but head pressing is listed as a symptom)
LUCY THE PIT BULL FROM “PARKS AND RECREATION”
Lucy is a three-legged Pit Bull who was rescued by an organization based in Los Angeles called Pit Bull Rescue in 2004. She has appeared in some commercials and movies, and now appears on the NBC television show, Parks and Recreation.
Ever since she appeared on the show I had been looking for information about her but was unable to find much out there. But NBC.com has a slideshow which provides some background on this sweet canine actress. Click here to see the slideshow (photos courtesy of NBC.com).
CHAMPION THE WONDER DOG
That is a massive man and a fearless dog!
"Gus Kenworthy wasn’t kidding when he tweeted last week that he would do all he could to adopt and bring home several stray Sochi puppies. After winning silver in the slopestyle skiing, the 22-year-old Kenworthy was scheduled to return home to Colorado on Monday to celebrate his success with friends and family, but those plans were delayed.
According to 7 News in Denver, those plans took a detour when Kenworthy decided to stay a few extra days in Sochi to square away some paperwork in the process of adopting the four adorable puppies he tweeted about. He also plans to take their mother back home to Colorado as well.” (source)