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schnoodlepooh

It's interesting how the reputation of the pitt bull has changed since then. I wonder when some jerkoff decided it was fun to make them fight. It's too bad they couldn't have remained heros.

Matt

Too bad there isn't more press about stories such as these. Thanks for finding this.

Marion

I think it is fitting that I read this on Remembrance Day. What a beautiful story about this much maligned animal. I own a part bull terrier/Lab cross. He has a great nature; we love him to bits.

Thanks so much for this story, Jan!

Sling

I've owned several pit bulls.All of them were bright,well behaved animals...Thanks for this wonderful story.

teetotaled

Thank you for sharing this! What a wonderful story.

BunGirl

It's amazing how much we as a country have forgotten about this noble, once beloved breed. Thanks for this.

Mary Jo Hostnik

It should be kept in mind that a Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a pure bred dog recognized by the AKC and the Kennel Club UK. A pit bull is a mixed breed dog. It is not uncommon for a pit bull to be part Staffordshire, but Staffordshires and pit bulls are NOT the same dogs. I have nothing against either dog, as it's been stated many times, it's not any dog that is bad, it is the owners that are bad, it just irks me that now all types of bully pure bred dogs are lumped into the mixed breed pit bull label.

Jimmy

We salute you Sgt. Stubby!

Johann

I love stories about Stubby - thanks for sharing this great info about this great breed! Woofs, Johann

Coll

What a wonderful bit of canine history that so reflects the true loyal nature of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

jackie

its so great to see someone write something good about a pitty bull dog..they are a great dog that has been abused by men willing to put money above all else..I loved all my pitty bull dogs...

Nelda Price

This is a great story that needs to told today in light of all the bad things that are being said about the American Pit Bull Terrier and all the bulldog breeds. These are wonderful animals and to many of us they will always be America's dog. They represented our country during World War I on posters because they were the "top dogs". Thank you for remembering this one.

Bud

the name pit bull refers to three major breeds. The breeds are American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. They all came from the Bull & Terrier mixes 150 years ago.

BTW Sgt. Stubby was an American Pit Bull Terrier.

lynn

I've been searching for a print of sgt. stubby........any suggestions?

Géraldo

One of Georgetown’s earliest mascots, Stubby, predates the newest Jack the Bulldog by more than 80 years. Stubby was a mixed-breed mongrel, at least part Boston terrier, whose story began in 1916 at the Yale Bowl in New Haven, Conn.

The Connecticut National Guard was training in the stadium while awaiting assignment to the front lines of World War I. Stubby wandered out onto the field and was quickly adopted by the men training for war. When the 102nd Infantry Regiment shipped out to Europe, the men smuggled Stubby with them.

During the Great War, Stubby served the regiment as both mascot and fellow soldier. In his 18 months on the front lines, Stubby located wounded soldiers and saved his regiment from a mustard gas attack by waking the troops in the middle of the night. He carried messages under fire. He even caught a German spy by sinking his teeth into the agent’s rear.

Stubby was wounded by shrapnel but recovered to join his regiment to fight at Chateau Thierry and the Marne. His efforts in the war made Stubby a popular hero, especially among French women, who fashioned a blanket of the flags of all the Allied Nations for the terrier. With each battle, Stubby’s blanket garnered more medals and honors, both French and American, while back home Stubby’s bravery earned him front-page headlines.

When Stubby returned to the United States after 17 hard-fought battles in over a year and a half of service, President Woodrow Wilson invited him to the White House where General John Pershing awarded the terrier a gold medal of valor. In later years, he was also received at the White House by Presidents Coolidge and Harding. The Connecticut military department called Stubby “the most famous and decorated war dog in U.S. history.” Stubby’s loyalty and bravery was so famous that almost 20 years later it provided the impetus for creating the K-9 corps during World War II.

In 1921, Stubby again returned to the nation’s capital, this time to Georgetown, where his owner, J. Robert Conroy, was attending law school.

Already a renowned war hero, Stubby quickly became a favorite of Georgetown sports fans in the early 1920s. Stubby would push the ball around the field with his nose during the halftime break at Georgetown football games. This trick became a standard part of the repertoire for Georgetown mascots throughout the ’20s and ’30s.

Stubby died in 1926. He was stuffed, and his remains — including his medal-adorned blanket — were displayed for 30 years at the National Red Cross Museum. In 1956, the dog’s body was presented to the Smithsonian. After 40 years in mothballs, the venerated war hero was loaned to the State of Connecticut, which recently featured the Georgetown mascot at a statewide dog show.

“If there is any place on the Other Side for dogs that are true, and loyal, and heroic,” wrote THE HOYA upon Stubby’s death in 1926, “Stubby is no doubt there, gamboling after gray-clad warriors with all his former gusto."

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mrigney

I think it is fuuny how America has changed it's out look on pitbulls from them being war heroes or America's most loved dog breed to one of the most feared dogs in the nation but because of the bad press showing the bad sides of the breed when they are mistreated by their owners and trained to fight which nobody ever says that and they blaime it on the dog when really it's the owners fault but because people never want to be blaimed for their dog has done they end up blaiming it on the breed as a whole. This breed is not naturally agressive towards people or other dogs as long as the owner takes the dog out in public (to parks,and petsmart) and gets the dog to know other people and dogs they will not become agressive towards either one but that should start when they are young(that really goes for any type of dog). I own a pitbull myself and I think she is the best dog I have ever owned. I am young woman not living with any one and she is the best friend I could have ever asked for and she lets me know when there is someone at the door or someone who is outside my house and being a single female living in a town where the crime rate is high she really helps me sleep good at night knowning she has my back. I think sgt. stubby did what was natural to him he protected the ones who had given him a place to live and food to eat. I also think that sgt. stubby should always be looked at as a war hero and a good friend to the men whom he helped and should be a sign to people that pitbulls are NOT a bad breed.

SPJ

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier (informally: Staffie, Stafford, Staffy or Staff) is a medium-sized, short-coated, old-time breed of dog, originally bred for bull baiting[1]. In the early part of the twentieth century they gained respectability and were accepted into the The Kennel Club of the United Kingdom as the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. It is an English breed of dog related to the Bull Terrier. Its larger cousins include the American Staffordshire Terrier and the American Pit Bull Terrier, and often placed in the category of 'Pit Bull Terriers'.[2]

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Brian

Thank you for such a great story.

Mitchell Thompson

I am honestly kind of annoyed that Stubby doesn't have a coin or something. He was a DOG that became a SERGEANT. Most people in the military don't do that well. The dog is a freaking American hero.

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