This is the story of one man's struggle to develop the British War Dog School. Richardson began experimenting with military and police dogs in 1898, and in 1910 began petitioning for a British military dog program. He finally received official approval with support of officers who were unofficially, and successfully, using his dogs in the field. Over 2000 dogs were trained and sent to the front to work as Red Cross dogs, messengers, sentries and patrol dogsthe lives saved were estimated in thousands. Cummins recounts not only Richardson's struggle, but also the history of war dogs through the ages.
This book formed the basis for the documentary Dogs of War on the BBC series Inside Out, broadcast in 2006.
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About the Author
Bryan D. Cummins, PhD, is a cultural anthropologist who has conducted extensive research in the area of ethnocynology (the study of dogs within their cultural contexts). He was a regular columnist and feature writer for the Canadian Kennel Club's magazine Dogs in Canada. He is also the owner of Bryan's Books, one of the largest rare, antiquarian, and out-of-print dog book businesses in the world.
Table of Contents
Part I: War Dogs Through History1. War dogs of old2. The modern war dog movement 1870-1914Part II: Colonel Richardson's Airedales3. Colonel Edwin Hautenville Richardson: A brief biography4. An uphill battle5. The British War Dog School is born6. British war dogs in France7. The dogs8. The training9. The heroes10. Epilogue: World War IIAppendix A: Description of dogs shipped from England to France and the men who brought themAppendix B: Casualties to dogsAppendix C: Unregistered dogs and the men who brought themAppendix D: Casualties to unregistered dogs