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New York, NY- The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog is pleased to announce that the official bronze statue of Sgt. Stubby, a distinguished World War I war dog will be housed permanently at the AKC Museum of the Dog. The sculpture will be unveiled on May 23, 2019.

The statue, “Stubby Salutes,” created by renowned sculptor Susan Bahary, is a life sized bronze of the bull terrier mix. Stubby is widely regarded as the U.S Army’s first service dog. His service began in 1917 when he wandered on to the camp of the 102nd Infantry Regiment of the 26th Yankee Division at Yale. He formed a bond with a young solider named Robert Conroy who named him “Stubby.” Conroy subsequently smuggled Stubby on his ship when it was time to ship out. Stubby served in France for 18 months and a total of 17 battles. His heroic feats included: warning his unit of looming mustard gas attacks, locating wounded soldiers on the battlefield and sitting beside them until help arrived, and capturing a German spy by grabbing at the seat of his pants. Over the course of his service, he was injured by mustard gas and a grenade. Stubby is remembered for his bravery and also as a treasured mascot who brought joy to embattled soldiers. As a veteran, he was awarded a medal for his bravery by General John J. Pershing and met three presidents.

This April marked the 100th anniversary of Stubby’s return to the US to a hero’s welcome.

“We are very excited to welcome “Stubby Salutes” to our Museum collection,” said Alan Fausel, Executive Director of the AKC Museum of the Dog. “His courage and dedication to our country has laid the foundation for today’s military woking dogs and we look forward to sharing him with the public and educating them about his place in history.”

Susan Bahary, an internationally acclaimed artist, was commissioned by the decendants of Robert Conroy to memorialize Stubby in his rare salute pose, a pose which won him the favor of his fellow soldiers and officers. Her other works include “Always Faithful,” the United States first official war dog momument that commemorated the 25 dogs who perished in the taking of Guam during World War II. “Always Faithful” is a part of the Museum of the Dog’s collection.

“It has been an honor to create this bronze monument to commemorate Sgt. Stubby,” says Bahary. "His right paw represents his deeds for our country and his left paw represents his friendly and giving nature. His contributions to our military, along with his loyalty and bravery are symbolic of all the wonderful working dogs that protect us and service animals that benefit and enrich our lives today.”

The AKC Museum of the Dog, founded in 1982, was originally housed in The New York Life Building located at 51 Madison Avenue as part of the AKC Headquarters. In 1987, the Museum was moved to West St. Louis County, MO. The Museum made its return to New York City in a new location in February 2019 and houses one of the largest repositories of canine art in the world, including paintings, porcelains, bronzes, trophies and digital displays. The Museum is dedicated to education and preservation of purebred dogs.

The original casting of the sculpture is on permanent display at the “Connecticut Trees of Honor” Memorial at the Veterans Memorial Park In Middletown, CT 


About the AKC Museum of the Dog

Founded in 1982, The AKC Museum of the Dog is dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition, and interpretation of the art, artifacts and literature of the dog for the purposes of education, historical perspective, aesthetic enjoyment and to enhance the appreciation for and knowledge of the significance of the dog and the human/canine relationship. Located in New York City, the Museum is home to several hundred paintings, drawings, watercolors, prints, sculptures, bronzes, and porcelain figurines, a variety of decorative arts objects and interactive displays depicting man's best friend throughout the ages. The AKC Museum of the Dog is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization funded mainly by private and corporate gift donations.

For more information on the AKC Museum of the Dog visit www.Museumofthedog.org

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Hounds and Terrier in a Kennel, John Emms, estimate U.S. $150,000-250,000
NEW YORK – Bonhams presents the Dogs in Show and Field: The Fine Art Sale, the 35th annual auction of dog-themed art on Wednesday, Feb. 17 in New York.
Leading the lots is Hounds and Terrier in Kennel, an oil on canvas work by British artist John Emms (1843-1912) estimated at U.S. $150,000-250,000. Emms, known as a master painter of Hounds and Terriers, used fluid brushstrokes to highlight distinct physical characteristics of his subjects – bringing their individual temperaments to life in his works.
The auction includes more than 150 lots of paintings, watercolors, prints, sculpture and “Dogiana” (collars and other collectibles). The Dogs in Show and Field sale started in the United Kingdom and moved to the U.S. 17 years ago. Since then, its preview has coincided with the Westminster Kennel Club’s Dog Show, one of the nation’s longest running and premier sporting events.
“We’re lucky to have two significant works by Emms illustrating the popularity of his output – hunting hounds and clumber spaniels. Additionally, the sale is very strong in the works of Arthur Wardle with 12 lots being offered,” said Vice President and Director of Fine Art Alan Fausel.
Other than Victorian master dog paintings, the sale features a strong selection of continental works, including Dutch artist Henrietta Ronner-Knip and Charles Olivier de Penne, one of France’s most prominent painters of hunting hounds and gun dogs.
Other auction highlights include:
An Unexpected Visitor – Clumber Spaniels in a Kennel, John Emms (British, 1843-1912), estimate U.S. $80,000-120,000
Signed by the artist, this oil painting may have been a commission for the Duke and Duchess of Newcastle made while Emms worked at Clumber Park. This work is one of the finest to have come to the market in recent years.
Pen Friends, Arthur Wardle, RI (British, 1864-1949), estimate U.S. $18,000-25,000
This work by Wardle is most likely a society portrait of two English Toy Spaniels. The artist is known for his paintings of pure bred dogs in England in the 19th century, as well as portrayals of big game and wildlife. He never received any formal art academy training, but had his first exhibition at the Royal Academy when he was 16 years old.
A Victorian Sterling Silver Dog Collar: Help, the Railway Dog of England, London, 1883, estimate U.S. $2,500-3,500
The collar comes with a tag inscribed: “I Am Help. The Railway Dog of England and Travelling Agent for the Orphans, of Railway Men Who are Killed on Duty…” Help was a Scotch Collie trained and handled by passenger guard John Climpson on the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway. Equipped with a collecting box, Help travelled extensively throughout Britain and France to raise money for the Orphans Fund. His appearances at railwaymen’s congresses, fundraisers and dog shows made him a celebrity and his success launched a legion of charity collecting dogs.
To kick off the auction preview, Bonhams will host Barkfest, an annual charity breakfast to benefit the American Kennel Club (AKC) Humane Fund, on Sunday, Feb. 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The AKC Humane Fund provides grants to pet-friendly domestic violence shelters and breed rescue organizations. Tickets are $50 in advance or $60 at the door, and guests are welcome to bring their canine companions. Kindly call the AKC RSVP line +1 (212) 696 8306 to reserve a space.
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Auction preview hours (open to the public): Feb. 13 from 12 p.m.-5 p.m. EST; Feb. 14 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST; Feb. 15 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. EST; and Feb. 16 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. EST.
Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. Today, the auction house offers more sales than any of its rivals. The main salerooms are in London, New York and Hong Kong. Sales are also held in the UK in Knightsbridge, Oxford and Edinburgh; in the U.S., in San Francisco and Los Angeles; in Europe, in Paris and Stuttgart and in Sydney, Australia. Bonhams also has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of forthcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit www.bonhams.com.
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