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Unsung Animal Heroes on Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a Federal holiday in the United States. It is designed to remember the brave men and women who perished while serving their country in the armed forces.  The holiday originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

Memorial Day Heroes

But what about the unsung war heroes? The animals of war include a variety dogs, horses and even pigeons. During a time of war and struggle, humans were known for calling on the support of our animal friends. Some animals that were used during times of unrest include animals that hauled soldiers such as elephants, mules, camels and horses. Pigeons carried important messages and dogs were used for tracking, protecting the troops and counted on as companions.

Sgt. Stubby

A notable canine hero was Sgt. Stubby. Sgt. Stubby was a dog who served for 18 months and participated in seventeen battles. “He saved his regiment from surprise attacks, found and comforted the wounded, and once caught an enemy soldier by the seat of his pants, holding him there until American soldiers found him.” (Read more here.)

Unsung Animal Heroes on Memorial Day


These faithful members of the animal kingdom became war heroes as their efforts assisted in winning battles. In fact, during World War II, the U.S. troops utilized animals in many different ways and this is evidenced in photos that can be seen in Maryland.

Never Forgotten & Always Remembered

This Memorial Day, while you are remembering the humans who lost their lives fighting for our country, you can also show some respect for the dedicated animals who fought alongside them.  Memorial Day

  • Donating to a local animal shelter  
  • Sporting a Memorial Day button or tee shirt
  • Hanging the American Flag in their honor


By supporting these furry heroes, you’ll be giving them the respect they deserve.

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Having a Dog-Friendly Memorial Day Weekend in Dallas and Austin

Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner!

Have you made your Memorial Day plans yet? Whether you are looking for a family friendly event or something you can enjoy with your four-legged buddy, the options are many, so read on and start marking your calendar!

It is a beautiful time of year to be outside. So why not make a weekend of it and go camping with your dog? There are oodles of pet friendly campgrounds to choose from all over the beautiful state of Texas. Click here to see a map and comprehensive list of campgrounds and amenities offered.

Terrier dog playing with water hose and water coming out of itNow, if your desire is to stick closer to home this Memorial Day weekend, have no fear! You will find there is hardly a lack of activities to choose from. Consider a BBQ from the comfort of your own backyard and invite your family, friends, neighbors and of course – your dog! Or, if you are looking to get out and about, check out our list of links that, with the click of your mouse, will lead you directly to information about events and festivals in the Dallas and Austin areas.


  • Roll up a blanket, pack a lunch, grab a frisbee and head on down to one of the many dog friendly Downtown Parks and Plazas.
  • Sure to be a hit this Memorial Day weekend are the dog friendly hiking trails. Just remember to take a lot of water for yourself, and your pup!
  • And as for getting around…why not take the family on a trolley ride?! It is FREE and completely pet friendly!
  • For a general list of pet friendly activities and events in Dallas, CLICK HERE.


  • A peninsula surrounded by water on three sides – Red Bud Isle. The isle provides a great place for pooches to socialize, swim, frolic and wear themselves down. Parking is at a premium, so bring your smaller vehicle.
  • Lady Bird Lake (a.k.a. Town Lake) is very pet friendly and people friendly too. The downtown area is beautiful and hike & bike trails go for miles. Fido will love to run along Town Lake and chase the small paddle boats that float by.
  • If you want to beat the heat choose any one of these Austin watering holes. There are a few that may be a tiny bit of a drive, so it may be nice to take the fixins for a BBQ.
  • For a general list of pet friendly activities and events in Austin, CLICK HERE.

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  • Be mindful that some Memorial Day events may end with a fireworks display. While we humans enjoy the pops and bright colors, our four legged friends may not share the sentiment.
  • Also, the weather will likely be quite warm this Memorial Day weekend so remember to take along plenty of water for you and your pet. Stay hydrated!
  • And last, but certainly of significant importance, whatever activity you do decide upon, be sure to double check the event website to confirm that activity is, indeed, pet-friendly.

For more tips and information on caring for your pet this Memorial Day weekend, click here to contact us.

However you decide to honor those who have lost their lives for our great freedoms on this Memorial Day be safe and enjoy!