Tomorrow is Remembrance Day. I was watching the evening news from my comfortable perch on mum’s lap when the news people started talking about Remembrance Day services.
What is Remembrance Day?
Mum explained that Remembrance Day is a day to remember the people who have fought in a war to protect Canada. Many people have died in the line of duty. We wear poppies to show respect, honour and remember those who have died to protect Canada, our rights and our freedoms.
People died in these wars?
Yes they did.
And they did this to protect me?
Well yes, I guess you could put it that way.
Did any pugs ever fight in a war?
I don’t know about pugs specifically, but many dogs have served in wars for a long time.
Well, they’ve carried supplies, were messengers, sentries, did search & rescue and more recently, they’ve been used to sniff out explosives. There is even a medal for animals who serve in the war. It’s called the Dickin Medal and it is awarded to animals that have displayed “conspicuous gallantry or devotion to duty while serving or associated with any branch of the Armed Forces or Civil Defense Units”
Mum showed me an article about Gander, a Newfoundland dog who fought in World War II. He was the mascot of the Royal Rifles of Canada. When a live grenade was thrown close to his men, he grabbed it in his mouth and ran towards enemy lines with it. He died for his heroic act, but he saved the lives of many wounded soldiers. Gander was the first Canadian dog to ever receive the Dickin Medal.
Tomorrow mum has agreed to take me to a Remembrance Day service. There is an outdoor service on Valour Road. Tomorrow I will pay respect to Gander and all the other dogs who have given their lives for my freedom.
Tonight I will snuggle-in and be thankful that I am a loved pug in a safe home.