A Canadian military boat leaves the docks of Halifax, Nova Scotia. An Australian Shepard watches not only soldiers wave good-bye, but mothers, fathers and young adults. The Australian Shepard, Trails, had trained almost his whole life to protect
these people. Now was his chance. The ship was heading to France. Trails, like all the others on the boat were scared. Would they survive? The dog walked over to see the pure white cat, Nara. A soldier named Ryan Carters was holding her. Ryan Carters was 20 years old and had big plans for his life, but war wasn’t one of them. Trail lay down beside Ryan, and closed his eyes.
It was about a week and a half trip to France. The soldiers got off the ship and started
walking to a trench. They weren’t too close to any German or Japanese base.
Throughout the first week Trails paced around, slept, and kept guard and visited
Ryan once and a while. The next Monday the troops were rallied up by their
“We will join a bigger squad tonight!” The captain bellowed out, so every troop could
here. Just as the captain said, that night they all worked their way to the
bigger squadron. At that group, each person was assigned to a smaller group, and then sent away to their needed destination. Nara went off purring with
delight to see she was in the group with Ryan Carters. Trail was chosen to be
with the smallest group, which had 30 men and Women. There was also an older
dog named Seth. Seth was an German Shepard, a little bigger than Trails.
There weren’t any of attacks throughout the first weeks in France. Trails and the rest of the gang weren’t that close to anything special. Though on June 23, 1937, four
groups, including Nara and Trails comrades were called to protect a French
town. This meant Trails could see Ryan more…but not much more. On August 29,
1937 Ryan and four other men were driving an SUV with a bomb attached. They
were driving a little way out of town. Nara noticed the little numbers counting
down from 30 seconds. The cat thought it would harm the humans a lot more if
she tried to tell them. They might take the bomb of right as it explodes. She
ran to Seth and Trails who ran to the trucks Seth tried to grab the bomb when
Trails was still running. Sadly, it was too late the bomb blew up killing Seth
and another man instantly. The SUV set on fire as Trails came over followed by
other men. The men tried to put out the fire while Trails pulled out the dead
or injured bodies. He pulled out the limp body of Ryan Carters, and noticed
he was unconscious and had no right foot or index finger. Ryan was fine after the war. He adopted
Trails to show his gratitude.
So this year remember the animals too. They were just as important!