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  • Jennifer Devlin

    Thank you Simon, I was in a book shop a few years ago when I found war dog by Damian Lewis about Antis, the dog who flew, the title in the USA, he also wrote about Judy as well. Suffice to say that I could not put both books down made me cry from laughter and the pain of war. The author is not the actor he has written about other military service animals too. I loved the other dogs too.

  • Jon Paior

    While it’s a great story… and as a dog loving Aussie, I love a great yarn…
    It “feels” as though the story of Gunner was exaggerated by the propaganda department to provide fake news to conceal the existence and effectiveness of the radar system stationed in Darwin at the time.

    https://csiropedia.csiro.au/radar/

  • Brian Emerson

    Dogs can be amazingly brave, even if they aren't necessarily smart enough to tell when something isn't dangerous. A couple months ago, we had a pile of fallen leaves in the backyard. I tried to get my dog to play around in it, but he was scared. For some reason, the pile was scary to him. So I jumped into the pile. I called to him, I jumped around, none of it got him interested. Then, I intentionally fell backward into the pile. There was no hesitation. He took a flying leap in after me. As soon as he saw that I was safe, he jumped right back out.

  • Drew Freeman

    My dogs alerted my parents that I was near home even when I was traveling from New England to Pittsburgh. Oddly this was the case with several dogs and I was driving different cars.

    I’ve always wondered if the myth of dogs knowing when someone is going to die. I’ve heard the myth in many nursing homes far from one another. Things that make us wonder. 🐶 🐕 😛

    There’s also the dog that saved Charlestown from the movie Slap Shot.

    http://blog.ricecracker.net/2011/01/04/slapshot-the-dog-that-saved-charleston/

  • Smiter of Barbarians

    Newf, the Newfoundland dog, who protected a bunch of injured Canadians during the Battle for Hong Kong is another great story. He got the Dickens award too.

  • Legendary Bandit

    We had a "Mut" adopt us out in the Saudi Desert in 1990, We never knew the breed , but it was a Male, and maybe 8 or 9 months old.
    Nothing heroic happened with the dog, but, he would go off our location's about an hour before daylight when would do what was called "Stand to" meaning we got in our Foxholes and face the direction of the Enemy,
    That dog who ironically was simply named, "Dog" , would for some reason place himself between us and the enemy ..
    Like I said, nothing heroic happened, but I have always believed had some Iraqi unit actually tried to inguage us "Dog" would have definitely been the first to make contact.
    After the land war phase was over and we prepared to deploy back to the States,, "Dog" was not allowed to go with us, instead, he was Adopted by an Air Force Sgt who was just coming into Kuwait City .
    I never knew what happened with him, but, I always hoped that dog made it Stateside at some point..

  • Frozen Monkey

    How could you miss out Sgt Gander????

    “For saving the lives of Canadian infantrymen during the Battle of Lye Mun on Hong Kong Island in December 1941. On three documented occasions, Gander, the Newfoundland mascot of The Royal Rifles of Canada, engaged the enemy as his regiment joined The Winnipeg Grenadiers, members of Battalion Headquarters "C" Force and other Commonwealth troops in their courageous defence of the island. Twice Gander's attacks halted the enemy's advance and protected groups of wounded soldiers. In a final act of bravery, the war dog was killed in action gathering a grenade. Without Gander's intervention, many more lives would have been lost in the assault.”

  • Lord Jask

    I love canine war heroes and the people who continue to have hearts in times of such struggle, i thank you both, and the horses and elephants and other animal war heroes 😛

  • Jeff Cap'nfpv Long

    That "old look" filter you put over the old B/W photos is Really Annoying when you pan across the photo but the effect is stationary. 😉

  • kevin voogt

    THX for this video.
    All the unknown heroes.
    If anyone wants to honor all the dogs, horses and pigeons who served in war,
    just put on a purple poppy.
    Greetings from Belgium.
    (K9-Belgium soldier).

  • PanzerDave

    2:50 Telling war stories to his grand puppies. I heard one of the puppies was telling stories in school. When asked where he heard these things he replied from his grandpaw. There is an interesting story about the grandpuppy, but that is another tail.

  • Geek Freak

    It doesn't surprise me. Dogs are such loving animals and can be very clever. They can be trained to smell a seizure or diabetic shock episode before their owner feels any symptoms. Even read that they may even be able to smell some types of cancer or Parkinson's before the symptoms become obvious to humans. We don't quite understand how they do this, or what chemicals they are smelling, but they do it remarkably well. They can, indeed, smell fear, but typically seem upset or scared by it, rather than becoming aggressive. They used samples of sweat on a cloth so that facial expressions wouldn't be a factor. They may even be able to tell if you are lying, but we aren't so sure about that yet. Humans have been domesticating dogs for at least 10,000 years, and greatly loved and respected them. Archeologists have even found evidence they were given proper funerals and buried with their family, in some cases even having some handmade jewelry on them. Their graves given nearly as much honor as humans. They really are man's best friend, and these ones deserve the goodest boy ever medal <3

  • justinl458

    I salute these good doggies and so does john wick. John wick will kill anyone who harms a dog with a pencil, book, and horse.

  • Larry Phischman

    9/11 was not an act of war. Until after the attack terrorism was simply treated a criminal event. America only started treating it as warfare to cover the Bush administration's ass.

  • Ken Hawkins

    If Sgt. Stubby died in 1926, why does his headstone say "WW1?" Was WW2 already scheduled? I thought it was The Great War in the interim period.

  • NewGoldStandard

    Have you guys heard? Apparently Epstein didn't kill himself!!!
    *knock on door, subsequent shuffling*
    – In a different voice- Forget prior part of post, I was mistaken. Things get fuzzy when I remember wrong. Don't make same mistake, or I help you too, er, I mean…nvrmnd.

  • K March

    The best video to date. Many people discount dogs but they are intelligent, loyal and an asset in so many ways. Hachiko is a prime example. Not as a war dog but an example of loyalty.

  • thenewmiLONNIEum

    They're not war heroes. They're well-trained animals, much like human soldiers. Calling soldiers "heroes" is like telling a dog "good boy" after it obeys a command.

  • 1kinu T

    I had heard that many of the dogs US troops used in various foreign wars were simply left behind when the soldiers were withdrawn, dogs weren't allowed to come with their partners because of some lack of "arrangements" in the US military's rules about withdrawing from conflicts, and the military was worried the dogs might have diseases and parasites they didn't want brought into the US. In Vietnam for instance, the dogs were given to some of the locals–supposedly as pets but the locals were so hard up for food without the military hand outs it would not be surprising that some of those dogs became food. I don't know how true all of this is but it sounds like something the US military would do–not want to spend even a penny to transport and quarantine an animal brought over to fight.

  • drew pedersen

    Darn, I was hoping Simon would do his usual "bonus facts" and talk about the cats that "served" on ships in the Navy (I'm a cat person)!
    That said, good video as always!

  • Sam S

    One of my favorites is Bob and Dewey of the 51st Iowa Volunteer company m. they went with and supported there M-boys in the Philippines.

  • alfred restivo

    I've been working with and training dogs for over 20 years. They never cease to amaze me.
    FYI Stubby is a Pit if I ever saw one.

  • Niki P

    The real story of dogs (and horses) at war is disgusting and heartbreaking. Thousands of families donated their pets to the war effort in WWI, unfortunately, many were gun shy and shot as were the majority of dogs (and horses) that served, as it was considered logistically impossible to return them to their families or even their country of origin. Bloody heartbreaking and nothing fluffy and heartwarming at all. Don't get me started on what happened to the brave and loyal horses. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-25147640

    https://www.radiotimes.com/news/2014-11-09/how-beloved-family-pets-were-recruited-to-the-battlefields-in-ww1-to-help-the-british-army/

  • Mellissande NotFromGOT

    Oh my goodness I didn't know about the two dogs in the 9/11 attacks. I was expecting you to talk about the search and rescue dogs. These stories made me cry, we do not deserve dogs, they are so pure.

  • Rob Kirby

    Canis lupus was a wrapped gift from God that just took us a long time to understand and appreciate.

    Damn, I love dogs. Thank you Lord.

  • Nunya Bidniz

    @ 16:45 — You didn't explain why all dogs spent time in quarantine coming into the UK [no rabies.] Don't know if that's changed now, what with the Chunnel making it possible for bats [rabies vectors] entry into the isles… or what other barriers to pets are in place. [Last time I was in England, the Iron Lady was PM & we'd just bombed Qhadaffi in Libya…]

  • ntala

    The animated movie about Sgt Stubby is a very good one. I love that my kid asks to watch it and that he knows he was an actual dog in history and not just a character in a cartoon.

  • Boco Corwin

    I'll never be able to respect someone who hurts/ hates dogs. They always seem to tend to be incredibly controlling of other humans, though.

    Another odd thing I've noticed: typical cat hater usually loves dogs. But tend to be aggressively controlling towards them.

    These psychos can humanize and show affection towards a car or bike, never ever laying a hand in anger on a fucking machine. But they'll beat their wives, dogs, cats, with a total lack of empathy.

    At the very least, you'd think they could rationalize showing modest respect for a species that has basically been our species's right hand man for the last couple hundreds of thousands of years.

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