Ten-hut! All rise and give a big military salute to Sergeant Stubby reporting for duty.
It’s not every day that a dog becomes a sergeant! But, then again, it’s not every day that you meet a dog like Stubby. Citizenship is all about learning to share our world and resources with others. It’s important to remember that animals are citizens too. Also, that a stray dog can make a difference if someone just notices him and gives him a chance.
Before Stubby’s rise to glory up the ranks to sergeant, and before going down in history as the most decorated war dog of World War I, he was a young stray dog that appeared one day at Yale Field, a military training camp in Connecticut. One of the soldiers training on the campus, Robert Conroy, noticed the stray dog and gave him the name Stubby. When it came time for Conroy’s outfit to leave for World War I, he had come to care for Stubby so much that he hid Stubby on board the ship.
Overall, Stubby ended up participating in 17 battlesand was awarded several patches and medals—which he wore on a coat given to him by the women of a liberated French town. Stubby's heightened sense of smell and hearing allowed him to warn the soldiers of poison gas attacks and incoming artillery. He also managed to locate and rescue wounded soldiers on the battlefield and even single-handedly captured a German spy.
After returning home, Stubby became a celebrity and marched in many parades across the country. He also met Presidents Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge, and Warren G. Harding. Starting in 1921, he attended Georgetown University with Conroy and became the team’s mascot. And you thought your dog was active!