Fairfield Museum shares stories of dogs in history and today
FAIRFIELD — It was a day gone to the dogs at the Fairfield Museum and History Center on Nov. 10, as Veterans Day activities centered on canines.
First, there was a short preview of an animated movie due out next April on the life of Sgt. Stubby, a decorated World War I canine who was “adopted” by troops who were in New Haven for training. Stubby was a stray brindle bull terrier mutt, who, according to his Wikipedia page, “saved his regiment from surprise mustard gas attacks, found and comforted the wounded, and once caught a German soldier by the seat of his pants, holding him there until American soldiers found him. Back home, his exploits were front page news in major newspapers.”
He was promoted to sergeant and was recognized in connection with an exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution.
After learning about Stubby, grown-ups and children got to see some flesh and blood canines in action, with demonstrations by two dogs from the Connecticut State Police — Max, a patrol dog, and Glimmer, who sniffs out arson.
Attendees also got to watch “Dogs on the Inside,” a documentary that follows prison inmates learning to handle and care for a group of abused, stray dogs.
The afternoon events were a collaboration between the museum and the Fairfield Canine Cooperative.