Able Seaman Just Nuisance R.N. was a Great Dane who was a member of the Royal Navy and was buried with full military honors, a gun salute and the last post. A statue in his memory is in Simons Town, Cape Town, in South Africa.
I am so sad to think of all the animals that died fighting human wars. But I am happy when I think that animals are no longer a necessity to pull cannons or charge into battle and that nowadays machines can do what they do. But for every bomb sniffing dog and every police dog and horse, I give thanks and hope for a long and happy life for them. And that goes for service dogs, guide dogs and therapy dogs as well. More living facilities for the elderly should allow people to have pets.
I have two friends in South Africa who work with canine units. One in the army and one in the police. The love, trust and loyalty between the officer and his partner has to be seen to be believed. In many cases they have raised the dog from a puppy and when the dog retires, he or she lives out their life in the home of their former partner.