Move over, Rin Tin Tin.
Here comes Sgt. Stubby!
That German shepherd star
of the silver screen may have been born behind enemy lines during World War I,
but Stubby, the stump-tailed terrier, worked behind enemy lines, gaining
military honors along the way. Private Robert Conroy casually adopted the
orphan pup while attending basic training on the campus of Yale University in
1917. The Connecticut volunteer never imagined that his stray dog would become
a war hero. He just liked the little guy. When Conroy’s unit shipped out for
France, he smuggled his new friend aboard. By the time Stubby encountered
Conroy’s commanding officer, the dog had perfected his right-paw salute.
Charmed, the CO awarded Stubby mascot status and sent him along with Conroy’s
unit to the Western Front. Stubby’s brave deeds earned him a place in history
and in the Smithsonian Institution, where his stuffed body can still be seen.
Almost one hundred years
later, Stubby’s great deeds and brave heart make him an animal hero to fall in
love with and treasure all over again. Download and start listening now!