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Westport Library Hosts Author Ann Bausum, Honors Stubby The War Dog

The Westport Library is hosting author Ann Bausum and The Connecticut National Guard Military Working Dog Team on May 17.
The Westport Library is hosting author Ann Bausum and The Connecticut National Guard Military Working Dog Team on May 17. Photo Credit: Westport Library
The Westport Library is hosting author Ann Bausum and The Connecticut National Guard Military Working Dog Team on May 17.
The Westport Library is hosting author Ann Bausum and The Connecticut National Guard Military Working Dog Team on May 17. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. -- The Westport Library is hosting author Ann Bausum and The Connecticut National Guard Military Working Dog Team.

The group will honor Sergeant Stubby, World War I's most decorated War Dog starting at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 17, at the Westport Library. The event is free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase and signing.

Sergeant Stubby the War Dog was a stump-tailed terrier who wandered onto an Army training field on the campus of Yale University and was adopted Pvt. James Robert Conroy as his best friend.

"Their bond carried the pair across the ocean and into the trenches of France, where Stubby first became the mascot of Conroy's 102nd Infantry Regiment," said the release. "Soon he also became a working military service dog, alerting soldiers to impending gas attacks and helping find survivors on the battlefield. He eventually earned commendations on two continents and considerable fame at home."

Bausum will talk about her books, "Sergeant Stubby: How a Stray Dog and His Best Friend Helped Win World War I" and Stole the Heart of a Nation" and her companion children's book, "Stubby the War Dog."

Joining Bausum will be The Connecticut National Guard with a Military Working Dog team, which will demonstrate some of the capabilities of the 928th Military Working Dog Detachment, based in Newtown.

The Westport Library is located at 20 Jesup Road. Call 203-291-4800 or visit the website for more information.

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