Messenger dog with its handler, in France, during World War I

Messenger dog with its handler, in France, during War I
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Image by National Library of Scotland
Messenger dog with its handler, in France, during World War I. This collie dog worked as a messenger in the front line under constant gunfire. A scrolled up message can be seen attached to the collar. Dogs were also used in the trenches to kill rats and mice, thereby protecting food supplies. In addition to carrying out messenger duties and various other tasks, a regimental mascot also helped to maintain the troops morale.

Most of the armies involved in ‘the Great War' had specially trained dogs in many of their regiments. These dogs performed a wide range of important tasks, including carrying messages, , acting as decoys, ambulance duties and killing vermin. Keeping a pet also helped to raise the morale of the soldiers, by adding an element of domestic home life to the trench.

[Original reads: ‘OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT IN FRANCE. "Bruce", a well known messenger dog who is always working under in the line.']

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    • aziz nain hunzai
    • January 3, 2011


    • maggieflintoff
    • January 3, 2011

    uw mayte..
    why’s this picture here uw?

    • cameron.alim
    • January 3, 2011

    Dough boy

    • olegbeet
    • January 3, 2011

    Dogs the best friends … on the war

    • theskepticaloptimist
    • January 3, 2011

    Interesting….I didn’t know they used dogs as messengers. Mortality must have been high in these dogs.

    • 康师傅2010
    • January 3, 2011

    Good fierce dog

    • Aneifer
    • January 3, 2011

    Outstanding Photo

    • annasmith3
    • January 3, 2011

    Nice post. Very interesting.
    -anna smith
    Stock Tips

    • judo_dad1953
    • January 3, 2011

    Wow outstanding portrait! Thanks!

    • aafo
    • January 3, 2011

    nice one

    • visnyk
    • January 3, 2011

    Photo must have been taken on a hot day around noon as indicated by the dog’s tongue and the shadows cast by the sun almost directly overhead.

    • artland
    • January 3, 2011

    This is a wonderful shot!
    You are invited to post it to:


    • artland
    • January 3, 2011

    Oi! Sou administrador de um grupo chamado streetdog, e nós adoraríamos ter a sua foto adicionada ao grupo.

    • FireandWater7777
    • January 3, 2011

    Hi, I’m an admin for a group called Buster Dog, and we’d love to have this added to the group!

    • Photos - Events / People / Places
    • January 3, 2011

    Hi, I’m an admin for a group called WorldWar, and we’d love to have this added to the group!

    • utu(slowly comming back)
    • January 3, 2011

    very interesting!


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