This wonderful painting of Bob titled A Distinquished Member of The Humane Society was done by Sir Edwin Landseer in 1838. Bob, a Newfoundland was found in a shipwreck off the coast of England and somehow found his way to the London waterfront where he became known for saving people from drowning: twenty-three times over the course of fourteen years. He was made a distinguished member of the Royal Humane Society, granted a medal and access to food. The Newfoundlanders with white patches are now recognized as a breed of their own, as a Landseer. (Wikipedia)
As a little aside, the painter Sir Edwin Henry Landseer (1802 – 1873) is best known for creating the lion sculptures in Trafalgar Square
Our next remarkable dog is Buddy, the first guide dog in America. Buddy was a female German Shepherd who was renamed from Kiss by her owner Morris Frank (1908-1980) who was the co-founder of The Seeing Eye the first guide-dog school in the United States. I love this statue to Buddy and Morris which was made by John Seward Johnson 11 and is to be found in Morristown, New Jersey.
(Source: TN History for Kids)
Morris Frank and Buddy traveled the United States and Canada to promote the use of guide dogs for people who are blind or visually impaired, as well as for the right of people with guide dogs to access restaurants, hotels, transportation, and other places that are open to the general public. (Wikipedia)
Greyfriars Bobby (1855-1872) was introduced to me by one of the blog subscribers some time back and so he is representing the undying faithfulness and attachment dogs have to their human companions. Edinburgh, Scotland. Greyfriars Bobby was a Skye Terrier who became known in 19th-century Edinburgh for spending 14 years guarding the grave of his owner until he died himself. (Wikipedia) (Source: The Telegraph)
The Hero Image today is the Explosive Detection Dogs sculpture at the Australian War Memorial Canberra made by Ewen Coates and titled Evolution of the Senses
There are so many brave dogs who rescue people, protect people and this often occurred in times of war. This first one I have chosen to show you is Moustache, a black poodle who is reputed to have been born in Falaise, Normandy, France in 1799 and to have joined a grenadier regiment at Caen. He followed the regiment through the Italian Campaign of the Revolutionary Wars and is said to have alerted the regiment to a surprise night attack by Austrian forces. He is reported to have been present at the Battle of Marengo, during which he lost an ear, and with a cuirassier regiment at the Battle of Austerlitz. This is an engraving of Moustache.
As a result of wounds taken at Austerlitz Moustache had a leg amputated and was reportedly rewarded with a medal by Marshal Jean Lannes. He is later said to have followed a unit of dragoons to Spain where he fought in several actions of the Peninsular War. Seeing action in the Sierra Morena and later, with a gunboat unit, at the Battle of Badajoz, where he was killed by a cannonball. Moustache was interred beneath a gravestone on the battlefield but his memorial is said to have been smashed and his bones burned after the war....One of the earliest written accounts of Moustache's life is that written by Arna Cano and published in The Kaleidoscope magazine of Liverpool in January 1826.
I just love this little hero Smokey, a 4-pound Yorkshire terrier who was found during WW11 in the jungle of New Guinea and purchased by American soldier Bill Wynne. Smoky earned honours for bravery after she warned Wynne of incoming fire on a transport ship.
And this is Storm an Explosive Detection Dog who served in Afghanistan and saved many lives during his two years of service. This painting of Storm was done by South Australian artist Anne Johnson.
(Source: ABC South East SA: Kate Hill)
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Tomorrow a remarkable dog in another way and definitely larger than life!