After One Heavy Snowfall

After one heavy snowfall, 150 dogs carried more than 50 tons of food from the valley below to the snow bunkers and trenches hacked into the frozen peaks of northern France. At least 1,000 sled dogs worked in the mountains throughout the war.

Hell for Humans

AKC Gazette, November 2007. Hell for humans. Heaven for a terrier. CHAMPION RAT DOG OF WESTERN FRONT, was the headline on a story about Norah, an Irish Terrier who accompanied her owner, Private Thomas Radford of the Canadian Veterinary Corps, to the front when she was a tiny pup. Norah was born at Richardson's kennels and trained by Radford to wage war on rats. Radford boasted that Norah dispatched nearly 100,000 of her rodent foes in less than three years.

Departed Dogs

Spend Halloween at the first pet cemetery, New York Post, October 28, 2007, by Julia Szabo ANY Tim Burton fan knows there’s more to Halloween than candy and costumes. In search of the holiday’s deeper meaning, I recently paid a long-overdue visit to New York landmark: Hartsdale Canine Cemetery ( It’s the country’s oldest pet cemetery, founded in 1896 when a vet named Dr. Samuel Johnson generously offered his apple orchard to serve as a burial plot for a bereaved friend’s dog.

Wolf and Prince

Wolf and Prince, two Airedales (Richardson’s preferred breed, along with Collies, for military work), learned how to make two-mile message runs. They would prove their worth at the Battle of Vimy Ridge on April 9, 1917. "All the telephones were broken and visual signaling was impossible," noted a military report. "The dogs were the first to bring through the news."

Angels of Mercy

As important as the messengers, were the Red Cross dogs, who were equipped with first aid in saddlebags and wore vests bearing a red cross.They saved thousands, on both sides. One dog named Prusco was said to have located more than 100 wounded men after a single battle.

All K-9s on the Western Front

In recognition of Armistice Day, we salute the dogs who served in World War I. By Mara Bovsun 1918. The 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month. It was the moment millions of people had been praying for, for more than four horrifying years. All along the front, the pounding, shelling, and shooting stopped. First came an odd silence, then, one man recalled "a curious rippling sound, which observers far behind the front likened to the noise of a light wind. It was the sound of men cheering from the Vosges to the sea."

Pricey Farewell for Furry Friends

Deciding if it's worth the cost Daily News, January 4, 2007 When Rhona Levy lost her beloved pal in 2001, she spent more than $2,500 to lay him to rest in a satin-lined casket following an intimate wake. The Bronx office worker didn't invite friends to the ceremony, fearing they wouldn't understand - her departed loved one was her pet poodle, Snow. "My dog was a family member, not just something I wanted...

Saying Goodbye with Dignity at the Hartsdale Pet Cemetery

In 1896, a prominent New York City veterinarian, Dr. Samuel Johnson, offered his apple orchard in then-rural Hartsdale, N.Y. to serve as a burial plot for a bereaved friend's dog. That single compassionate act served as a cornerstone for what was to become America's first and most prestigious pet cemetery.

War Dog Given Hero’s Funeral

'Save Robby' campaign allowed retired war dogs to be adopted Robby, an 8-year old Belgian Malinois, will be laid to rest tomorrow at the Hartsdale Pet Cemetery during a funeral service befitting a military hero. Major John Probst, commander of the United States Air Force 341st Training Squadron, will escort Robby's remains from Lackland Air Force Base in Texas to his final resting place in the nation's

Top Dogs In Pet Cemeteries

Three women huddled against the biting January cold and wept as the gravedigger lowered the tiny coffin into the snow-covered earth. They whispered prayers and tossed some dirt into the grave. "I got her a pine casket because she's Jewish," Sandra Richner said of the deceased her beloved Siamese cat. Tassie, who shared her Manhattan home for 18