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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. 

More here and here.

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:

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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’.

Rumor has it Dale may have been saved from the nefarious plans of Audie’s Evil Gramma – but please make a donation to save the Montana English Shepherds… just in case

Last – but not least – from twitpic via YesBiscuitthe real source of swine flu!

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