The dogs of war

An Australian soldier with his dog in Afghanistan.

Do you know that dogs have served in all major Australian conflicts? In WWI they were invaluable in crossing the mud and craters of No Man's Land, in WWII 'paradogs' parachuted into enemy territory in preparation for the D-Day invasion, they were also right by our troops during both the Korean and Vietnam wars too and are currently operating in explosives detection in Afghanistan.

Because quarantine laws prohibited these brave animals from returning to Australia, our Diggers had to leave their four-legged mates behind when these last two wars ended, something that is still painful for many of our returned servicemen and women. You can show your support for this additional sacrifice by wearing a purple poppy this Anzac Day.

You can buy your purple poppies online from The Australian War Animal Memorial or in person from I Heart Dog in Mount Hawthorn, Fur Baby Boutique and Café in Westminster and the Ascot Veterinary Hospital in Belmont.