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The Dogs of War

Happy German Shepherd Day, courtesy of Roxie, my Jeep defense system and loyal hiking companion for the past 12 years.

Meet Roxie.

Don’t let her fool you, the only thing she would ever bite is a hunk of BBQ chicken.

With GSD Day in mind, did you know that the Germans had 6,000 Sanitätshunde mercy (aka casualty or ambulance) dogs at the start of the Great War? The dogs had been used by the Kaiser’s troops going back to at least 1894, fielding the specially-trained canines down to the battalion level.

 

For more on the practice, check this site out, and be sure to pet your local woofer today.