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Revdodd  (Level: 68.7 - Posts: 775)
Thu, 10th Jul '08 8:16 PM


And no, Michael Vick is not involved....

I am delighted to applaud Salzy's WP. I knew nothing about the subject until taking the quiz. Excellent touch of history!

Donleigh  (Level: 155.4 - Posts: 5412)
Thu, 10th Jul '08 9:15 PM

I kept waiting for Michael Vick - no wonder I sucked. Good puzzle, dimbulb taker

Flcyclist  (Level: 131.3 - Posts: 691)
Thu, 10th Jul '08 9:25 PM

Talk about dimbulbs .. who's Michael whoever???

1mks  (Level: 219.5 - Posts: 5925)
Thu, 10th Jul '08 9:48 PM

What a fabulous idea for a word puzzle. Excellent and very well done!

Mplaw51  (Level: 184.8 - Posts: 1581)
Thu, 10th Jul '08 10:57 PM

Loved it also! Very clever idea!

Crazy4games  (Level: 124.7 - Posts: 1019)
Thu, 10th Jul '08 11:13 PM

Great puzzle Pat, I loved it. Aren't dogs just the greatest!

Toledosugar  (Level: 51.4 - Posts: 281)
Thu, 10th Jul '08 11:35 PM

Who knew? Dogs are already some of my favorite people. What a great subject for a wonderful puzzle! Thanks.

Bbear  (Level: 167.3 - Posts: 2297)
Thu, 10th Jul '08 11:53 PM

Wow. This was one mindbender. Excellent!

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Fri, 11th Jul '08 12:16 AM

Great puzzle, Pat! Fun and informative -- good job!


Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Fri, 11th Jul '08 2:28 AM

Thanks for the fun puzzle Saltzy....
Are you a member of the "Pet Group" yet ????
Bet you could give us a LOT of information....

Aquamar  (Level: 186.0 - Posts: 925)
Fri, 11th Jul '08 2:28 AM

I really enjoyed your puzzle. Learned some new things about those loveable little creatures.

Alvandy  (Level: 240.4 - Posts: 7692)
Fri, 11th Jul '08 5:59 AM

Very well done Pat. Excellent variety of examples.

I wasn't aware of the "fighting dogs" history of valor and utility in our past [and present].
We learn so much doing word puzzles.

Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Fri, 11th Jul '08 6:13 AM

An inventive and informative topic, well presented. Nice work!

Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4415)
Fri, 11th Jul '08 7:46 AM

Great WP, Pat, I really enjoyed it and learned a lot! Excellent clues and well-constructed phrases. Thanks for a lot of fun!

-- Geri

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Fri, 11th Jul '08 7:58 AM

Learned a lot and enjoyed it. Thanks!

Pennwoman  (Level: 161.8 - Posts: 2476)
Fri, 11th Jul '08 8:08 AM

Interesting, well written, informative, fun puzzle -- great job!

Debbie1957  (Level: 45.7 - Posts: 402)
Fri, 11th Jul '08 9:24 AM

Enjoyed doing your puzzle Pat, loved the subject. Dogs rule!!!!


Salzypat  (Level: 161.6 - Posts: 5414)
Fri, 11th Jul '08 10:51 AM

Thanks everyone for your kind support. Here's the complete list:

Clue 1: He’s still famous
Phase 1: Rin Tin Tin was a famous World War I hero and the first animal movie star

Clue 2: Only five breeds chosen
Phrase 2: German Shepherds Belgian Sheep Dogs Dobermans Collies Giant Schnauzers

Clue 3: There were four groups
Phrase 3: guard patrol messenger and mine dogs

Clue 4: Only the smartest
Phrase 4: patrol dogs could detect the enemy up to one thousand yards ahead

Clue 5: It took animal intuition
Phrase 5: messenger dogs were the most loyal and worked between two handlers

Clue 6: Watch where you step
Phrase 6: mine dogs were trained to find trip wires and booby traps

Clue 7: Come, sit, stay
Phrase 7: training for k nines included muzzles gas masks and gunfire

Clue 8: Top dog
Phrase 8: chips a german shepherd was the top canine hero of world war two

Clue 9: It was made official
Phrase 9: dogs for defense was created in January nineteen forty two

Clue 10: Four-legged heroes
Phrase 10: war dogs performed great acts of heroism and saved thousands of Americans

Here's a paragraph about the heroism of Chips during WW II
Probably the most famous war dog was named Chips. Donated and trained at Front Royal, Virginia, Chips was among the first dogs shipped overseas. Assigned to the Third Infantry Division in North Africa, one of his assignments included sentry duty at the Roosevelt-Churchill Conference in Casablanca, Morocco, in January 1943. On another occasion, Chips, sensing danger, broke away from his handler to attack a pillbox containing an enemy machine gun nest. A bullet pierced his body, but, ignoring the pain, he threw himself upon the enemy and forced the entire crew to surrender.

Chips was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star and Purple Heart. Unfortunately all medals were revoked because he had violated the sacred rule to never break away from his handler. Even though Chips did not need an award to validate his heroism, his service friends took the matter into their own hands and bestowed a theater ribbon on their pal.

Just south of North Platte is the 20th Century Veterans Memorial. It features a larger-than-life sculpture of a member of each of the armed services. Organizers have said the memorial is complete. It's my opinion that until there is a German shepherd sculpture out there, it will never be complete.

You'll have to copy and paste the link I believe. The Web site is inadequate and desperately needs to be updated but it will give you a general idea.

Oldcougar  (Level: 228.6 - Posts: 1935)
Fri, 11th Jul '08 5:08 PM

Worthy topic & great puzzle, Pat

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Sat, 12th Jul '08 7:00 AM

Thanks Pat....
That was interesting and very informative.
When I saw the title, thought it would
be about dog-fighting and Pitbulls....
Was relieved to see the positivity....

Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4415)
Sat, 12th Jul '08 9:56 AM

Thanks, Pat, very interesting. I think Chips should have been allowed to keep his medals, and I agree that a statue honoring wartime dogs should be erected.

-- Geri

Gypsylady  (Level: 148.3 - Posts: 6097)
Sat, 12th Jul '08 9:59 AM

Enjoyed your Wordpuzzle, Pat! Thanks!


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