Celebrated sled dog Balto with Gunnar Kaasen. (Photo: Brown Brothers.) Norwegian immigrant Gunnar Kaasen was the musher on the dog team that successfully delivered diphtheria antitoxin to Nome, Alaska in 1925. Lead dog for that final leg of the 600-mile trip was the indomitable Balto.
Rip the air raid warden dog - Rip was a very good dog who helped save lives during the Second World War. He was found as a stray by Air Raid Warden Mr E. King. The two became friends, and Rip accompanied Mr King on his rounds. He was not trained in search and rescue work, but he took to it instinctively, sniffing out people who had been buried in rubble after Luftwaffe bombings. In twelve months from 1940 to 1941 he is credited with saving the lives of over a hundred people.
Sarbi, the 10-year-old Labrador-Newfoundland mix, earned himself a Purple Cross after serving as a bomb-sniffing dog in Afghanistan. Sarbi went missing for more than a year during his service. Luckily, 13 months later, an American special-forces soldier found the brave dog in a remote part of the province.
Chips was the most decorated WWII war dog. During the invasion of Sicily, Chips and his handler were pinned down on the beach by a machine-gun team. Chips broke from his handler and jumped into the pillbox, attacking the gunners and forced them to surrendered to US troops. Later that day, he helped take 10 Italians prisoner. Despite his bravery he was stripped of all rank & medals, as superior officers didn’t think a dog deserved the same treatment as soldiers.
K-DOG THE DOLPHIN Not only are dolphins one of the smartest animal species in the world, they are also naturally reliable and trustworthy. The Navy depends on dozens of dolphins to help out in the sea. This bottlenose dolphin named K-Dog works with his handler Sgt. Andrew Garrett in the Arabian Gulf. Because dolphins have keen sonar (they can discern a quarter from a dime when blindfolded), they are invaluable minesweepers.
Faith, church cat at Saint Augustine's Church, London. On September 6, 1940, Faith moved her single newborn kitten, Panda, from the warm upper floors of the church to the basement, just before the Germans began bombing the city. She and Panda were later rescued from the rubble by Father Henry Ross, and Faith was awarded a special medal for "steadfast courage in the Battle of London".
Judy was a ship's dog on board HMS Gnat & HMS Grasshopper during WWII. She helped save the lives of the crew following the sinking of the ship. Once captured by the Japanese, she helped the men in the POW camp. She struck up a friendship with Frank Williams, with whom she spent the rest of her life. She was the only dog to be registered as a WWII POW. She survived in the jungles of Sumatra after the guards had sentenced her to death. She was awarded the Dickin Medal.
Sweet baby & a hero! :) This Black Lab is named Treo. He was awarded the Dicken Medal by London’s Imperial War Museum. The Dicken Medal is given to honor the work of animals in war and conflict. Treo was awarded the medal when he sniffed out a string of bombs in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan in 2008. Way to go Treo!