In the summer of 1917, a homeless dog of “uncertain breed” was found wandering the campus of Yale University as members of the 102nd Infantry were training for their entry in World War I. The dog hung around as the infantrymen drilled and ate (presumably dropping a few crumbs here and there), and soon became the mascot for the squad. As the unit marched for departure later that year, Stubby joined in and went off to the train. Several instances of soldier mischievousness later and Stubby was in France. For 18 months, largely in the trenches and under constant fire, Stubby helped sniff out surprise gas attacks and hear incoming artillery, found and comforted the wounded, and even single-pawedly captured a spy at one point in the Argonne.

Sergeant Stubby survived the war and became the most decorated war dog of World War I and was hailed as a national hero. It’s the kind of stuff that if it hadn’t happened, you wouldn’t believe it. It would make for a great movie. And, as it turns out, Fun Academy Motion Pictures, a Columbus-based animation studio (Georgia’s first), is doing just that. 

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