There are books about dogs in WW1. Stories enough to fill every issue of Dogs World, Forgotten dogs and all future copies of Boys Own stories. Messenger Dogs, Guard Dogs, Rescue Dogs, Dogs that pulled machine guns, smelt gas, the American dog Sergeant Stubby with more gongs that a North Korean General. So in less than thirty seconds I will tell you what dogs if left to themselves can teach us about life, the folly of war, and what we all should be doing. It is from a letter sent by Lieutenant Melville Hastings to the Headmaster of Wycliffe College. Reproduced in War Letters of Fallen Englishmen. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1930. Melville was writing about lying out in no man’s land.
“A little German dog trotted up and licked my British Face. I pulled his German ears and stroked his German back. he wagged his German tail. My little friend abolished no man’s land, and so in time can we.”
That is what life should be all about.