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DOGS FOR DEFENSE. During [[WORLD WAR II]], dogs were needed for sentry duty. "Duchess," a two-year old Doberman pinscher, belonging to [[ARMSTRONG, John|John ARMSTRONG]] and his wife, was the first Dubuque dog to be volunteered for this dutyIn 1942 the dog was taken to Davenport for its training.
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[[File:rusty.png|250px|thumb|left|"Rusty." Photo courtesy: Telegraph Herald]]DOGS FOR DEFENSE. During [[WORLD WAR II]], dogs were needed for sentry duty. With hopes of securing 125,000 dogs, the Quartermaster Corps. turned to Dogs for Defense, Inc. a New York City organization. This group was charged with obtaining the dogs which were then turned over to the Quartermaster Deport for training. The only requirements for the animals were that they had to be between one and five years of age, stand 18 inches high at the shoulder and be neither gun nor storm shy. (1)
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Iowans interested in offering their dogs for war duty cold contact the canine branch at the Iowa Office of the Dogs For Defense (DFD)in Davenport. (2)
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The first dog from Dubuque to be involved in the training was "Rusty," a 95-pound Doberman owned by William F. Vander MuelenThe dog was taken to Davenport for six to ten weeks of training to qualify him for service. (3)
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1. "125,000 Dogs Asked by U.S.," ''Telegraph Herald'', August 11, 1942, p. 5
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2. "Set Up Headquarters to Enlist Iowa Dogs," ''Telegraph-Herald'', November 19, 1942, p. 23
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3. " 'Rusty' First Dibiqie Dog Accepted by Army," ''Telegraph Herald'', July 27, 1942, p. 3
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"Rusty." Photo courtesy: Telegraph Herald
DOGS FOR DEFENSE. During WORLD WAR II, dogs were needed for sentry duty. With hopes of securing 125,000 dogs, the Quartermaster Corps. turned to Dogs for Defense, Inc. a New York City organization. This group was charged with obtaining the dogs which were then turned over to the Quartermaster Deport for training. The only requirements for the animals were that they had to be between one and five years of age, stand 18 inches high at the shoulder and be neither gun nor storm shy. (1)

Iowans interested in offering their dogs for war duty cold contact the canine branch at the Iowa Office of the Dogs For Defense (DFD)in Davenport. (2)

The first dog from Dubuque to be involved in the training was "Rusty," a 95-pound Doberman owned by William F. Vander Muelen. The dog was taken to Davenport for six to ten weeks of training to qualify him for service. (3)

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1. "125,000 Dogs Asked by U.S.," Telegraph Herald, August 11, 1942, p. 5

2. "Set Up Headquarters to Enlist Iowa Dogs," Telegraph-Herald, November 19, 1942, p. 23

3. " 'Rusty' First Dibiqie Dog Accepted by Army," Telegraph Herald, July 27, 1942, p. 3