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Bayou Renaissance Man posted a fascinating story about a unique British war hero. A homeless mutt called Rip was befriended by an Air Raid Precaution Warden. Rip became the unit’s mascot and then – on his own – developed a remarkable talent for locating people buried in bomb debris. Rip was the British Civil Defence’s first sniffer dog.
According to the Daily Mail:
In 12 months between 1940 and 1941, the plucky mutt combined all the inherited skills of uncertain parentage to rescue more than 100 victims of the Blitz from the air-raid ruins of London.
Then he carried on the good work for another four years until the end of the war.
But what made this tale of a shaggy dog so remarkable was that Rip was never trained for search and rescue – he simply attached himself to a Civil Defence team after being bombed out of his home. Then he mucked in as a sniffer dog solely because he enjoyed it.
His astonishing success rate earned him the rare honour of a PDSA Dickin Medal, the animal equivalent of a Victoria Cross.
Speaking of British air raids – check out the Keep Calm And Carry On image generator! One of my favorite posters (SRSLY – KCACO is a great motto for alldog owners) can now be customized to suit any occasion. Here’s the Audie version:
In training-related news, I recently came across this excellent article on the Cardinal Points Farm blog on “Fool-Proof Humane Animal Training”. Here’s a small bite – go read the rest:
Animal training is complicated. There’s no ‘one-size-fits-all’ training approach. Did I say complicated? Add to this a good dose of moral confusion (thanks to the media and some special interest groups). In the context of animal training, few terms are as emotionally charged as ‘punishment’ and ‘abuse’; and few terms are as misapplied (intentionally or otherwise) as ‘humane’ and ‘cruel’.