SOLDIERS IN FUR AND FEATHERS
The Animals that Served in World War I - Allied Forces
THE ANIMALS THAT ASSISTED IN WWI
Dodging bullets, leaping over water-filled shell holes and wading through belly deep mud, faithful messenger dogs ran as fast as they could to deliver lifesaving messages. At the same time, miles away, a small determined pigeon flew high, out of the range of German snipers who wanted to prevent her from delivering important statistics to headquarters. From mascots to donkeys, camels, and pigeons, these animals provided life-saving support as well as an emotional bond that was truly unique.
HOW THE WESTERN ALLIES USED ANIMALS
Soldiers in Fur and Feathers reveals fascinating true stories of the heroic animals that assisted the Allied Forces during World War I-stories that have, for the most part, been forgotten. As we approach the 100th anniversary of WWI, this important book will help preserve the role of the animals that served. Who were they, why were they used, how were they selected, how did they serve, and what became of them? Soldiers in Fur and Feathers answers those questions. An award-winning author who is a certified animal behavior consultant and expert trainer, Bulanda has factored the human/animal bond, with which all pet lovers will identify, into her accounts.
SOLDIERS IN FUR AND FEATHERS CONTENTS
¯Background on the War (A transitional period in which animal drawn equipment was giving way to machinery)
Brief History of the Animals
Ambulance Dogs Red Cross Dogs
Sentry Dogs Messenger Dogs
Prison Dogs Sled Dogs
¯ Horses and Mules
¯ Veterinary Corps
More than 70 rare historical photographs, many never before published.
Softcover ¯ ISBN 978-1-57779-154-6 ¯ List $15.95
AUTHOR SUSAN BULANDA
Susan Bulanda, M.A., CABC, is a certified member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), former vice president and dog Chairperson (IAABC), lecturer and writer. She is the author of Faithful Friends: Holocaust Survivors' Stories of their Pets, God's Creatures: A Biblical View of Animals, READY! Training the Search and Rescue Dog, Boston Terriers, Scenting on the Wind: Scent Work for Hunting Dogs, The Canine Source Book, and Ready to Serve, Ready to Save: Search Missions.
"Sue Bulanda has written an entertaining and interesting account describing how the Western Allies, particularly the British and French, used animals in what she calls a transition war, one in which animal-drawn equipment was giving way to machine drawn equipment. But this work is not just about the animals. Ms. Bulanda has factored in the human/animal bond, something with which all pet lovers will identify. For such a compact work as this one, she has provided a wealth of information ranging from the types of animals used, the reasons for their selection, and the wide variety of roles that animals were used for. This is a book that anyone who has ever owned a dog will thoroughly enjoy."
--- Dwight R. Messimer, military historian who focuses on World War I,
author of ten books on military and naval subjects.