As Canadians honour the fallen soldiers this November, it is important to remember the war animals who assisted them on and off the battlefield.
Animals were heavily utilized throughout both World Wars to aid their human comrades during combat. These animals play a significant role in Canada’s military to this day and are paramount to the success of the country’s service. Soldiers rely on dogs for many uses such as locating threats by sniffing out bombs, tracking enemy fighters and even providing medical supplies to the frontline.
Their roles do not fall short of anything but noble. Their bravery and loyalty to their services is untouched. This is demonstrated each day they devotedly put their lives on the line to serve and protect their human counterparts. As search and rescue workers and messengers, service dogs provide a set of skills that are inimitable. Their incredible sense of smell and agile capabilities have been recognized by military soldiers. Horses, mules and pigeons have also been utilized by the Canadian Forces as carriers for messages, artillery and mounted troops.
A memorial in Ottawa attributes the respect bestowed upon these war animals from the nation.