Jiggs: First USMC Mascot

During WWI, German reports called the attacking Marines teufel-hunden meaning devil-dogs. Soon afterward, an English bulldog wearing a Marine Corps helmet was depicted on a recruiting poster. A few years after WWI, Jiggs made history as the first unofficial mascot to the Marines.

The first dog to serve as the mascot to the United States Marine Corps was an English bulldog named King Bulwark. King, sired by a well known and famous dog named Rob Roy, was born on May 22, 1922. The pup, renamed Jiggs, was enlisted into the Corps on October 14, 1922 at a formal ceremony by Brigadier General Smedley Butler.

Private Jiggs, stationed at the Marine base in Quantico, Virginia was quickly promoted to Corporal. Despite having been court-martialed several times for lack of proper manners, Jiggs was given the rank of Sergeant on New Year's Day in 1924 and Sergeant Major seven months later.

Jiggs was a pampered dog who liked living in the limelight. He attended football games to support his fellow Marines, and even starred in the 1926 movie Tell It To The Marines with Lon Chaney.

Jiggs passed away on January 9, 1927 - just four months shy of his fifth birthday. His satin-lined coffin laid in state at a hangar in Quantico, flanked by two Marine guards and surrounded by flowers from his many fans. He was mourned throughout the Corps and buried with full military honors.

The USMC's tradition of owning an English bulldog carries on to this day.


Man Helps Dog

In 1884 The New York Times published a story that they felt was newsworthy.

In Stamford Connecticut a dog was used to drinking from a certain trough. One day he found the trough empty with a hose lying close by. Knowing the hose would provide water, the dog picked the hose up in his mouth and placed it in the trough, unable to turn it on. Fortunately a kind hearted person noticed the dog's predicament and turned the hose on.

Even a small act of kindness can make a big difference.


Diamond: Isaac Newton's Favorite Dog Delays His Work

Although not all scholars agree, Diamond made history when inadvertently destroying important papers that delayed Isaac Newton's work.

Sir Isaac Newton, born on Christmas day in 1642, is credited with discovering the laws of gravity and motion. It is said Newton loved animals, and one of his best friends was his dog - a Pomeranian named Diamond. According to historical research by Stanley Coren (a highly respected professor), Newton got up from his desk and closed the door to his study to see who was knocking at his front door, leaving Diamond alone in the room where she laid next to the desk. The dog became excited when she heard an unfamiliar voice, began running around the room and bumped into the desk, knocking over a lit candle that set fire to the manuscript Newton was working on. Despite the loss of much work, the scientist lifted his beloved dog into his arms and said "O Diamond, Diamond, thou little knowest the damage thou hast done."

"It would be close to a full year before Newton would reconstruct the theory of gravity in full," wrote Coren in his book The Pawprints of History: Dogs in the Course of Human Events. "Thus an entire year of intellectual life and research, by one of the greatest scientific minds of his era, was lost due to the actions of a dog."