Sergeant Stubby is said to be the most decorated dog of WW1 and the only dog to be nominated for rank and then promoted through combat. He took part in 17 battles over 18 months on the Western Front.
His sense of smell enabled him to save his regiment from mustard gas attacks; he could hear the whine of incoming shells before people could and warned them; he found the wounded, stranded in No Man’s Land, and they could help themselves from medicines he carried in his coat. He once caught a German soldier and held on to him by the seat of his trousers until help came.
I used a brush for Stubby’s face, but otherwise I used a palette knife. On his coat he actually carried many more medals than I have depicted here, and of course I do not know what colour the ribbons were, but I have painted an impression of his decorations: it is not supposed to be a literal rendering.
In memoriam, Stubby.