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Hanau, Germany, Aug. 3, 1955: Mrs. Olga Ruhlow, wife of Sgt. Wilbur Ruhlow, called Stars and Stripes to say that she thought the family dog — a 5½-year-old boxer named Bruno — bore a striking resemblance to a tough first sergeant when dressed in Army togs, and would make a good subject for a photo. Here’s Bruno with Sgt. Ruhlow.

Did you know May is National Pet Month? Or that German dogs say wuf wuf, instead of woof woof?

Stars and Stripes’ photo archives feature many a pet, just as one can see in this image from 1955. Be it military barracks in Germany, Korea, Vietnam or Afghanistan, service members and their families love their pets!

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