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Pit Bulls In History: Sergeant Stubby

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Deirdre “Little Darling” Franklin is the founder, president, and soul behind Pinups for Pitbulls. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from Drexel University, where she specialized in breed-specific legislation.

Pit Bulls in American History: Sergeant Stubby

Stubby was the very first American K9 war hero. He was actually brought to the White House because he saved his entire battalion from German spies in the early 1900’s. He was an amazing dog and he was actually named Sergeant Stubby and was put in the Smithsonian on display for years after he passed.

Sergeant Stubby was born on July 21, 1916, and passed on March 16, 1926, is the most decorated war dog of World War I and the only dog to be nominated for rank and then promoted to sergeant through combat. Now, this claim has no documentary evidence but is recognized by the Smithsonian Institution. He was the official mascot of the 102nd Infantry Regiment (United States), assigned to the 26th (Yankee) Division. Stubby served for 18 months and participated in seventeen battles on the Western Front. When the Division was attacked in an early morning gas launch, most of the troops were asleep. Stubby recognized the gas and ran through the trench barking and biting at the soldiers, rousing them to sound the gas alarm, saving many from injury. He even once caught a German soldier by the seat of his pants, holding him there until American soldiers found him.

PFPB is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to educate people about the history, temperament, and plight of the pit bull-type dog; raising awareness to rally against Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) and Breed Discriminatory Laws (BDL). PFPB’s goal is to restore the image of the pit bull-type dog to its former reputation of America’s companion animal, war hero, and family member.