Stubby

Pet type: Dog

Born: 1917

Died: 16 Mar 1926

Owner:


Add a gift to this tribute for Stubby
Add your gift »

All the publicity at the moment about dogs that are bull terrier types or pit bull-type crosses - with people saying they are dangerous and talking about bans made me think about Stubby - a hero dog I heard about recently when I went to the Imperial war museum in Manchester.
Then I saw this image of him on Facebook which I have borrowed to start this tribute page to remind people what great dogs bull terriers are. I dont think they are any more dangerous than other breeds of dogs, it's just bad owners and irresponsible owners that can make any dog a danger to other dogs and people.
Stubby was just a puppy when an American solder found him while he was training for combat with other soldiers. He called him Stubby because he had a little short tail. Stubby was adopted by the soldiers and they taught him to do a doggy salute by putting his right paw up to his right eye when the other soldiers saluted. He was smuggled aboard the ship when the soldiers sailed for France to join the fighting.
He won over everyone who met him and was a real boost to morale for soldiers so far away from home. Stubby was given special permission to go to the Front Line with the soldiers in February 1918. He was gassed but nursed back to health at the Field Hospital. Back with the soldiers he was the first to recognise an early morning gas attack and he barked and roused all the soldiers giving them time to get their gas masks on and saving many lives.
Stubby also proved invaluable when it came to finding injured men and leading rescuers to them.
He even once caught a German solider and bit him and barked until American soldiers came to see what was happening and caught the man. This act led to Stubby winning promotion to the rank of Sergeant - the first dog to ever be given this rank by the US Army.
He was badly injured once by shrapnel but again recovered and boosted morale by visiting injured soldiers in hospital. He was given lots of medals and you often see pictures of him wearing a coat with them all pinned on.
By the end of the war he had been involved in 17 battles and survived them all.
He went home to America where he was treated like a celebrity. he met American Presidents and took part in parades.
He died in 1926.
He has been on display for many years at the Smithsonian Institution close to Cher Ami - a hero pigeon from World War One.
Here are some interesting websites I have found about Stubby.

I think people should remember what amazing dogs pit bull and other bull terrier types are. They are loyal and clever and shouldn't be victimised over other breeds.

Pet type: Dog

Born: 1917

Died: 16 Mar 1926

Owner:


Add a gift to this tribute for Stubby
Add your gift »

Your memories and messages


No memories have yet been added to the tribute for Stubby. Why not be the first to add one?

Sign in or register with the site to add your own memory to this tribute.

Pet type: Dog

Born: 1917

Died: 16 Mar 1926

Owner:


Add a gift to this tribute for Stubby
Add your gift »
No images have yet been added to the tribute for Stubby. Why not be the first to add one?

Sign in or register with the site to add your own image to this tribute

Pet type: Dog

Born: 1917

Died: 16 Mar 1926

Owner:


No gifts have yet been added to the tribute for Stubby. Why not be the first to add one?