Major: A Soldier Dog with Trevor Jones

August 28, 2020
kat simons
During World War II, thousands of Americans sent their pets to Fort Robinson in western Nebraska where the U.S. Military established the Fort Robinson War Dogs Training Center, training over 17,000 “dogs for defense” and deploying them to battlefields and installations all over the world. Major: A Soldier Dog tells the little-known story of these four-footed soldiers, their bravery, and the patriotism and sacrifice of their families. 

The incredible story of the War Dog program is told through the eyes of Major, a real World War II soldier dog that was trained at Fort Robinson.  At the beginning of the program, without a ready supply of dogs to train, the U.S. government asked civilians throughout the region to volunteer their dogs for service. Like thousands of others, Major’s family answered the call. 
Major, and pets from coast to coast were crated up, and sent via train to courageously serve our country as guards, scouts, messengers, sled runners, and more.  Readers follow him through the heartbreaking separation from his family, the training at Fort Robinson, his harrowing war service in Italy, his return home for de-training and discharge, and finally the tearful reunion with his family.

Trevor Jones (see bio below) is available for an interview on Tuesday, August 25th and Wednesday, August 26th. He is an expert on this dog program as well as the director and CEO of the Nebraska State historical society. Nebraska is where the War Dog program was based.