Dogs do some pretty fascinating things, with their unique personalities, clever natural instincts, loyalty and unconditional love…….they never fail to amaze us humans with their charm and talents.
Here are a few famous dogs in history that have been noted for their courage and outstanding behaviours;
• In 1966 a brave German Shepherd dog called Nemo was injured in the Vietnam War when his air base came under threat. Nemo and his handler managed to fight some of the intruders off, but sadly both off them ended up injured. Even though Nemo was wounded and blinded in one eye, he returned back to his handler, where he laid on top of him and protected him until medical staff and back up arrived.
• In 1925 Togo a Siberian Husky lead his dog sled team to successfully deliver diphtheria antiserum, which was urgently required due to an outbreak of Diphtheria. Togo’s team covered the longest and most dangerous route of 674 miles across Alaska.
Apollo & Trakr
• After the New York, September 11th terrorist attacks in 2001, Apollo a German Shepherd was the first search and rescue dog to arrive at the scene and assist in looking for survivors – even after almost being killed by flames and falling waste. Trakr the German Shepherd also worked in the rescue operation and he found the last survivor of the attacks ‘Genelle Guzman’, unfortunately a couple of days after his heroic action, he collapsed from smoke inhalation and exhaustion but was treated with fluids and then returned home.
• Barry der Menschenretter was a dog that worked as a mountain rescue dog in Switzerland, later his breed became known as a St Bernard. He worked for the Great St Bernard Hospice and it has been said that he saved the lives of around 40 people in his life, so the hospice has always remembered him and the work he did for them.
The Story Judy and Her Loyalty to Owner Frank During the War
• Judy the Pointer was a Royal Navy mascot in World War 2, she sailed on two ships. The first being HMS Gnat and it was on this ship that Judy pre warned the crew members that Japanese aircraft were on their way.
Judy was transferred to the HMS Grasshopper, whilst on this ship it attacked and eventually sunk, all the crew and Judy had to settle on a nearby island. The island had no food and water but Judy managed to locate an underground spring, which she dug at and successfully unearthed.
The crew and Judy managed to set sail once again but unfortunately were stopped in their tracks as they were found by the Japanese who captured them. The crew and Judy – who was smuggled in, became prisoners of war. Judy carried on her duties as a prisoner of war, she would inform the crew as to when the Japanese guards were coming or if there were any threats such as scorpions and snakes around. She also managed to distract the guards when they were lashing out on the prisoners.
A leading aircraftman named Frank Williams adopted Judy and looked out for her, which meant protecting her from the guards. Two years later Judy, Frank and the crew all boarded another ship the SS Van Warwyck, which was to go to Singapore. Judy was not allowed on board, as dogs were not allowed, but once again she was smuggled on board. Frank had taught Judy to stay still and be quiet, he had taken her on board inside a sack and she stayed silent and still inside the sack for three hours, while Frank stood in scorching temperatures with the sack over his shoulder.
Things worsened when the ship was hit by a torpedo, Frank pushed Judy out of a porthole in order for her to have a chance of survival. Frank escaped himself but didn’t know if Judy had survived.
Once again Frank was captured and sent to a different camp, at the camp he heard stories of a dog that helped men who were drowning and that aided the men by either bring them an item to help them float or allowing them to hold on to her, while she swam ashore. Frank was just about to presume the worse happened to Judy, when she one day appeared at the camp, looking a little dishevelled. Frank was overjoyed at seeing Judy again and for the next year they both spent time together in Sumatra.
Judy’s struggle was not over yet, as the camp the guards were fed up with her and wanted to kill her, so Judy had to lie low and live in the forest, where she had to use every means to survive including eating monkeys, rats and snakes.
Finally the War seemed to be over and luckily she was smuggled with her crew, on board a troopship that was on its way to Liverpool. Judy managed to evade the dock police and was cared for on the journey by the ships cook. Judy carried out her 6 months quarantine in Hackbridge, Surrey, before being reunited back with Frank again.
These are just a few of the more famous stories of brave dogs in history, but it is important to remember that all dogs have their own exceptional qualities and traits. They are clever, loyal, faithful and loving creatures, who should never be underestimated.