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Sort order. Jun 15, Marinnette rated it it was amazing. Where are the other four dog stories that were supposed to be in this book? I bought this because it said there were five dogs and when you start the book it also refer s to five stories??? Misleading the way you sold this Mar 09, Clarice rated it it was amazing. War Companions and canine heroes Amazing story of a selfless and heroic dog and the amazing man he loved and who loved him and how they cared for each other in desperate POW situations.
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I found this a gripping tale of undying love and devotion! Anyone that loves a good story will enjoy this book. It is a book for most age groups, due to some of the graphic details related. The bond between animas and humans is well documented, however there's an inexplicable bound between humans and dogs! Judy devoted her life to these men; saving, not one or two, but many men during that awful conflict! She floated from owner to owner until she finally found her human! This is an unforgettable st I found this a gripping tale of undying love and devotion! This is an unforgettable story for the ages, yet truth told, though many have forgotten, it shouldn't have been.
I hope many, many of the readers out there will have the unique encounter with history and the part our animals played in it! From pigeons to pups we've relied on animals and they have not let us down! Jul 06, Tara Curry rated it it was amazing. Judy: POW Dog A very poignant story of how a dog without any training still using basic instinct,saves human lives.
And makes the prisoners daily lives more tolerable. Susan K.
Judy - The dog who was registered as a POW in WW2
Hawkins rated it really liked it Mar 22, Julie Hyink rated it really liked it Jan 12, Ed Ward rated it it was amazing Feb 04, Nora rated it really liked it Jun 27, SharonH rated it it was amazing Apr 04, Julie Wolf rated it really liked it Mar 03, Becca Rockafellow rated it it was amazing Jul 20, Their sister gunboats, the Bee, Cicada, and Cricket already had mascots of their own.
So Lieutenant Commander J. Waldergrave and Chief Petty Officer Charles Jefferey purchased an English Pointer puppy they named Judy from a kennel in Shanghai, China, intending for her to both serve as mascot and as a gundog for hunting when the crew went ashore. Three years later, the Grasshopper was struck by a torpedo and the crew abandoned ship. Judy proved her worth when she joined the crew on an uninhabited island off of Sumatra. She then began to dig until ultimately uncovering an underground freshwater spring, providing clean drinking water to herself and the survivors.
Once there, they began a mile trek to the British-held Pedang; Judy, of course, went with them. They hoped to arrive in time to join the British evacuation of the area, but they missed the final boat and instead walked right into a Japanese-controlled village on their way. Now captured, the bedraggled soldiers were transported to the Gloergoer POW camp.
Not wanting to leave their mascot behind, the crewmen hid Judy beneath empty rice sacks during the journey. With food scarce in the camp, Williams observed Judy sniffing around and snatching up maggots tossed from rations for a few days; the hungry dog pulled at his heartstrings. I realised that even though she was thin, she was a survivor. So one afternoon, he laid his entire ration of rice on the ground for Judy to eat. She wolfed it down before laying herself at his feet.
From then on, she was his constant companion and the rest of the prisoners soon referred to her as his dog. She often interfered whenever the Japanese guards began beating a prisoner, snapping and growling at them, which just resulted in the guards focusing their attention, and aggression, on her. They believed it was only a matter of time before the guards followed through on their frequent promises to kill the dog.
So Williams came up with a plan. Knowing that the commander of the Gloergoer camp would often get drunk, and become quite friendly when he was in that state, Williams waited for such an occasion before approaching him and convincing the commandant to give Judy official POW status.
The plan worked. From there on out, while guards could, and did, still occasionally beat her when she interfered with them, they were reluctant to kill a POW. Before the move, Williams spent several days training Judy to stay completely silent and still inside a rice bag. In this way, Judy was again smuggled with them, lying in a rice bag for three hours while Williams stood with other prisoners on the deck of the SS Van Warwyck before they set off. The ship never made it to Singapore, however.
At p. After the torpedoes struck, chaos reigned among the prisoners and crew. According to Williams, the only one that kept her head was Judy. Thinking quickly, Williams grabbed Judy and pushed her out of a small porthole on the rapidly sinking ship.