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This year it will be held on Sunday 17 May. Visit site for more details or to register.
It was not just human soldiers during the First World War who needed protection from the new dangers of chemical warfare. Animals serving beside them were also vulnerable. This gas mask for a German messenger dog was collected off the battlefield by a member of the 41st Battalion, Australian Imperial Force.
Its existence demonstrates the importance of dogs during the First World War. Making their way through the maze of trenches spread throughout the Western Front, dogs proved to be as reliable as soldiers in the dangerous job of running messages – and sometimes faster. Whether as messengers, guards or mascots, or simply by providing companionship to the men in the trenches, dogs served many vital roles. Come and experience other stories of animals in war in the Memorial’s galleries.
The mask is on display at the Australian War Memorial in the main building: First World War Gallery Western Front 1916.
For tickets and more info visit http://dogloversshow.com.au/melbourne/
In anticipation of the 2015 Academy Awards we started thinking about what our favourite dog movie was. We discovered there were a lot more than we originally thought- there’s hundreds of movies starring dogs! What’s your favourite?
Launching this month is Sydney-based illustrator Felicity Gardner’s new picture book, The Complete Guide to a Dog’s Best Friend.
The book is told from the perspective of an older, wiser dog who provides advice to puppies about how to be a pet. This is the perfect book for dog-lovers and for families introducing a pet to young children. Dog-lovers will laugh with recognition at the funny antics justified by the older dog as ‘being helpful’.
Felicity Gardner’s work has appeared in magazines, advertisements and exhibitions. She is the illustrator of Where’s My Potty, Snowy and Snuffles and My Grumpy Day.
She and her husband David West, a kindergarten teacher, collaborated on The Complete Guide to a Dog’s Best Friend. The book launch is set to be on 25 February. For more details visit the event website.