I chose brave dogs for the World War 1 Centenary display in the children’s library, having read the story of the heroic Sergeant Stubby on the BBC Schools web site.
Stubby was an amazing American dog who took part in battles, saved soldiers from gas attacks and captured a German spy. The soldiers loved him so much that when he was injured he was treated in a human hospital! They made him an unofficial sergeant and he became the most decorated war dog ever and somehow, reading about how the soldiers responded to him makes it easier to relate to the men themselves.
The BBC Schools site has loads of information about how dogs and other animals helped in the war – highly recommended for simple but interesting displays.
My gorgeous dog, Zelda, died recently and this felt like a personal tribute to her!