I made these two wallpapers for K-9 Veterans Day some time ago and I’m not sure I’ve ever shared both of them in a blog post. Click the images for nice large versions that you can use as computer wallpaper or share on Facebook. Please check our copyright page for any questions on how you can use or edit them.
Both wallpapers were created using military press-release photos that are in the public domain, and edited using Photoshop.
The group of dogs pictured in the background of both photos represent some of the breeds that have been used as military working dogs by the US armed forces. From left to right, they’re the Belgian Malinois, Doberman, mixed-breeds, Labrador Retriever, and Husky. The dog silhouette with the handler in both photos is a German Shepherd.
Both Dobermans and Huskies were used in World War II. Dobermans were used by the Marine Corps, where they worked as sentry and messenger dogs. Huskies were used by the Army to pull dog sleds and carry packs with equipment. The Army was planning to use sled dog teams to evacuate wounded soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge, but before they were able to deploy the dogs from airfields in France, the weather started to warm up and a lot of the snow melted.
Labrador Retrievers are commonly used as detection dogs trained to find explosives and IEDs. German Shepherds, Dutch Shepherds, and Belgian Malinois make up the majority of the canine workforce in the military.
The dog shown in the center above is Sergeant Stubby. Stubby was a mixed-breed dog, often identified as a pit bull (though period publications refer to him as a “Boston terrier mix”), who served as a mascot during World War I. Adopted by a soldier and smuggled overseas on a troop ship, Stubby spent time in the trenches with his unit and learned to alert them of gas attacks. He’s even credited with catching a German spy behind the lines. Stubby is often called “the only war dog to be promoted through combat”, although Stubby was never actually a war dog and all his promotions were honorary. After the war, his owner brought him back to the US and he served as the mascot of the Georgetown Hoyas.