They say a dog is man's best friend, and that has never been more true than for the dogs who have served alongside American soldiers in combat. These courageous canines have helped save countless lives and earned their place in history. Here are the stories of five famous military dogs.

1. Sergeant Stubby

Sergeant Stubby is perhaps the most famous military dog in American history. He served in World War I and is credited with saving the lives of many soldiers. Stubby was a stray dog who was found by American soldiers on the streets of New Haven, Connecticut. He quickly became a beloved member of the 102nd Infantry Regiment and was even given his own rank!

During his time in service, Stubby saved his fellow soldiers from gas attacks, found and comforted wounded soldiers, and even caught a German spy by the seat of his pants! After the war, Stubby returned home to the United States where he continued to make public appearances and meet with dignitaries. He even met three Presidents! When he passed away in 1926, he was given a full military funeral complete with honors.

2. Chips

Chips was a German Shepherd-Collie-Husky mix who served in World War II. He was originally rejected from service because he allowed himself to be captured by the enemy during a training exercise. However, his owner pleaded for him to be given another chance and Chips went on to serve with distinction in Italy, France, and Germany.

During his time in service, Chips saved his platoon from an ambush and took out several enemy soldiers. For his bravery, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, and Purple Heart—making him one of only ten dogs to receive such honors. After the war, Chips returned home to the United States where he lived out his days as a beloved family pet. 

3. Sinbad

Sinbad was a Newfoundland who served as a ship's mascot aboard the USS George Washington during World War II. He is credited with saving many sailors from drowning and even discovered a Japanese spy hiding on board the ship! Sinbad retired from service in 1948 and lived out his days at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland where he was much loved by students and staff alike. 

4. Lucca

Lucca was a German Shepherd who served as an explosive detection dog in Iraq and Afghanistan for six years. During her time in service, Lucca found dozens of roadside bombs and protected her fellow soldiers from countless attacks. In 2012, Lucca lost her left leg after stepping on an IED but she recovered quickly and returned to active duty just weeks later! She eventually retired from service in 2016 but continues to work as a therapy dog helping veterans cope with PTSD. 

5. Cairo

Cairo is a Belgian Malinois who served as part of Navy SEAL Team Six during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011. Cairo accompanied SEAL Team Six on their helicopter ride into Pakistan and helped protect them from enemy fire once they arrived at bin Laden's compound. After completing this historic mission, Cairo retired from active duty but remains working as a government contractor today. 

These five dogs are just some of the many courageous canines who have served alongside American troops throughout history. They have risked their lives to save their human companions and have become famous for their heroic deeds. The next time you see a military dog working hard to keep our country safe, be sure to give them a pat on the head (But please, please, please ask first...)—they've earned it!

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It's that time of year again! The leaves are changing color, the air is crisp and cool, and families are coming together from near and far to celebrate Thanksgiving. Of course, that means your furry friend will be spending the day with you too. But before you let them have a taste of your turkey dinner, there are a few things you should know about what foods are safe—and not so safe—for your dog to eat.

Turkey - Yes, if plain...

Turkey is generally safe for dogs to eat, as long as it is cooked without any extra seasoning or spices. However, the skin and bones can be dangerous for your pup, so be sure to remove them before giving them any scraps.

Stuffing - Probably not...

While stuffing may be delicious, it's not so great for your dog. Stuffing is usually made with onions and/or garlic, which can cause anemia in dogs. It's also typically very high in salt, which can lead to dehydration. So, it's best to steer clear of stuffing when it comes to feeding your dog this Thanksgiving.

Mashed potatoes - Ok, if only potatoes...

Mashed potatoes are usually safe for dogs to eat, as long as they don't contain any onions, garlic, or other spices. However, many people add butter or cream to their mashed potatoes, which can give your dog an upset stomach. So if you're going to share your mashed potatoes with your pup, make sure they're plain.

Cranberry sauce - Ok, in moderation, lots of sugar...

Cranberry sauce is safe for dogs to eat in small amounts. However, it is very high in sugar, so it's best to give them just a little bit as a treat rather than letting them gorge on it.

This Thanksgiving, there's no need to leave your furry friend at home alone while you enjoy a delicious meal with family and friends. With a little bit of planning ahead, you can include your dog in the festivities—safely! By following these simple tips, you'll know exactly what foods are safe—and not so safe—for your pup to enjoy this holiday season. BUT if you need a safe, fun place for your pup give us a call and we would love to host them this Thanksgiving!

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Upcoming Events!

August 10th, 2022



LIFE CARE CENTER OF Ooltewah | ooltewah, tn | AUGUST 26TH

Life Care Center of Ooltewah and The Bridge at Ooltewah will celebrate National Dog Day with a pup parade! 

Join us Friday, August 26th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Have your picture taken with pup pals in the photo booth. Enjoy hot dogs and drinks. There will be awards for the best pup costume, best trick and owner/pup look-alike contest. Put your pup in the parade for only $1! All proceeds go to the Alzheimer's Association. Mark your calendar, bring your furry best friend and join us for a celebration of pups! #NationalDogDay

National Dog Day Paw-ty!

Salty nut brewry | madison, AL | august 26th

Join us and Rocket City Rescue for a Paw-ty! August 26th is National Dog Day, so we're hosting adoptable dogs from RCP, vendors with treats and services for all dogs, a selfie station for pups and their people, and Robby Eichman will play some tunes for us! Free and all ages! Dogs must remain on leash.#NationalDogDay

The ark presents: paws & brew

Naked river brewing  | Chattanooga, tn | september 24th

The Ark Pet Spa & Hotel Presents Paws & Brew! A fun-filled event with Drinks, Food, and PETS! Join us at the Naked River Brewing Company downtown right across from FInley Stadium. We will have so many Free goodies, Free Beer and Free Food! Our friends in Snapdragon Hemp will be their celebrating as well! We Cant wait to see you and your furry friends!





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