Search and Rescue Dogs
Meet Boots and Douglas, the Tasmanian Lighthorse Troop’s search and rescue dogs.
There is a long history through past centuries of war dogs being utilised by many nations and armies such as the Egyptians, Greeks, Persians, Slavs, Britons, Romans, Spanish conquistadors, etc. Right through to modern times dogs have had their part in war.
During the First World War dogs were used extensively as sentry dogs, scout dogs, messenger dogs, tracker dogs, casualty dogs, explosive dogs, ratters and mascot dogs. A dog’s role depending largely on their size, intelligence and training. It is estimated that by 1918, Germany had employed 30,000 dogs, And the allies well over 20,000. America though, did not at first use dogs, only occasionally borrowing them from the Allies. Later though, after a chance stowaway, the USA produced the most decorated and highly-ranked service dog in military history, Sergeant Stubby.