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Sergeant Stubby: How a Stray Dog and His Best Friend Helped Win World War I and Stole the Heart of a Nation Hardcover – May 13, 2014
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The last third of the book is more about Stubby since Conroy was able to keep a scrapbook with his postwar activities. I found this part less compelling since it was the stories of his celebrity rather than his heroism.
Rin Tin Tin, Fanny the Goat, and Cher Ami, other famous World War I animals, make appearances.
Much of Bausum's story of Stubby and his "handler," Robert Conroy, and their experiences in World War I is that of conjecture, as Conroy kept no diary. However, after the war, when Stubby was welcomed home to as much acclaim as the men he served with, Conroy did keep a scrapbook, and much of that information is happily firsthand. Bausum does a super job of describing Stubby's and Conroy's world in the 'teens: the pre-war U.S., the world of the training camps and the trenches, the endless mud and disease and the very real terror of being killed or maimed, the horror of gas. There is also discussion of just what breed of dog Stubby was, as he has been described at various times as a pit bull, a bull terrier, or some other bully breed.Read more ›
Ann Bausum, an award winning author, has written many books for children, and came across Stubby's story by accident while researching a picture of a dog during World War I.Read more ›
Stubby, a friendly stray pit of dubious heritage, is adopted by the members of a National Guard outfit preparing for combat in WWI. Pvt. James Conroy soon becomes his primary guardian, and he trains Stubby to function within the unit as a mascot (Stubby even leans to smartly salute with his right paw). Eventually they wind up in Europe, where both Stubby and Pvt. Conroy see combat, are wounded in action, and become media darlings.
Stubby and Conroy both survive the Great War none the worse for wear, and after returning home they build upon their wartime fame by becoming involved in various veteran activities. Through it all, Stubby's winning personality charms all who meet him (including three US Presidents), and he becomes a sort of ambassador for his fellow troops. Indeed, he was somewhat of a nascent role model for the later K-9 Corps, as well as service dogs in general.
"Sergeant Stubby" is an easy and enlightening read. Although author Ann Bausum admits that she often had to speculate about Stubby's activities due to the dearth of documentation, there was more than enough evidence to demonstrate Stubby's devotion to his master and service to his unit, both during and after the war. In addition, Ms.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
what an unusual story, and one I had never heard of. I love history, and WW1 and never came across this before. Was very impressed.Published 1 month ago by R. Marcavage
my favorite war dog (I have Bostons) this little guys was amazingPublished 1 month ago by Donald D. Goodrich
Story was long and could have been shortened to make it a better readPublished 3 months ago by Bokworm
was a wonderful book. i really enjoyed reading about the relationship between stubby and the military men.Published 7 months ago by Tammy Clark
Great story that is very true. I love the way the author was able to "catch" the time line history and relationship.Published 8 months ago by Jonell M. Fonderhide
Like other reviewers, I am familiar with Stubby and was hoping for a more personalized, in depth account of his service. Read morePublished 8 months ago by BasslappinMama
Having researched WWI heroes myself, I am amazed how much personal detail Ann Bausum was able to find about Stubby and his master. Read morePublished 10 months ago by A. Dragoo