Hello there, all my furry friends! I know its 'Wordless Wednesday', but Im dying to tell you something, so I have converted this day, here, into 'Wordful Wednesday'. Hope that's ok with you...just for today....
Due to my self-imposed status of TOUR GUIDE, and for those of you who don't know this story, I would like to introduce to you the amazing story of one of my iconic dogs from SOUTH AFRICA. His story is doing the rounds again here in SA, and I didn't want you guys to miss out. It's the amazing story of:
1st April 1937 - 1st April 1944
Just Nuisance was a Great Dane who lived in Simonstown in the Cape during WW2 who was the only dog ever to acquire full Royal Navy Honors. The details of his amazing story can be further viewed at the links posted below, as well as a wonderful YOUTUBE VIDEO AT:
In summary though, Just Nuisance was an extremely friendly dog who lived near the Naval Base in Simonstown during that period. He was particularly fond of sailors and accompanied them regularly in the trains running from Simonstown to Cape Town (a distance of about 30kms). Sailors often offered to pay for his train fare when he was approached by disgruntled conductors. After a threat to be banned from the railways, Just Nuisance was awarded full Naval status with the title:
"ABLE SEAMAN JUST NUISANCE, R.N".
This status came with a free pass on the trains, which the dog made full use of. Apparently he was a dog with enormous character and displayed alliegance to every sailor who came into contact with him. He became their Royal Navy mascot. No other dog, to my knowledge, has ever been given fully RN status.
Just Nuisance was put to sleep on 1st April 1944 by a Naval Veterinary officer, after suffering from progressive paralysis thought to be as a result of a car accident.
He was buried with full military honors, including the playing of the "last post" and a gun salute. His grave is a popular tourist attraction on a mountain overlooking Simonstown.
The statue in the picture above was erected in his honour, in Jubilee Square, in Simonstown.
Long live the spirit and memory of our dear poochy colleague...
Lots of licks
MAXDOG IN SOUTH AFRICA
Breaking news: Thanks to the attentiveness of our local kitty visitor, "Madd" - from Cape Town, we have noted our erroneous ommission of the relationship between the felines of our world and the navy. Please check out their stories too, starting at:...