Sinbad the Coast Guard Dog

With respect, honor, and gratitude on this Veterans Day:
Thank you to all who have served our country and for the sacrifices you have made to protect our freedom.
For those of you just joining our adventures, our German Shorthaired Pointer, Lager, is a retired Explosives Detection Canine.  Lager served 18 months in Iraq at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.
For Veterans Day 2018, we took Lager to visit the grave of Sinbad the Coast Guard Dog.

🐕Sinbad (c. 1937 – 30 December 1951) was a mixed-breed Dog who served 11 years aboard the USCGC Campbell (WPG-32), including combat in World War II. He was one of only two animals to be classified as non-commissioned officers by an arm of the United States military, rather than property, prior to the enactment of regulations to prohibit such decisions.
🐕Sinbad ended his time at sea earning 6 medals, and a rank of K9C Chief Dog (equivalent to Chief Petty Officer). After his death, he was buried at the base of the flagpole at the old Barnegat Light Station in Barnegat Light, New Jersey.

The old Barnegat Light Station in Barnegat Light, New Jersey

Lager at Sinbad’s grave-site

🐕Sinbad’s medals:
🏅American Defense Service Medal
🏅American Campaign Medal
🏅European-African-MiddleEastern
    Campaign Medal
🏅Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
🏅World War II Victory Medal
🏅Navy Occupation Service Medal

Shepherd’s Pie

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef or  ground lamb (We used ground beef)
  • 1/2 cup organic carrots, diced into small cubes
  • 1/4 cup organic green peas (we used frozen)
  • 1 organic apple, skin peeled, and diced into small cubes

For the topping:

  • 1 medium organic sweet potato
  • 1 tablespoon organic fat free or Greek yogurt

Steps:

  1. Heat up pan.  Once pan is hot, add meat and fry for about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add in carrots and green peas, and stir for one minute.
  3. Turn off the heat and add in chopped apples. Stir well.
  4. Transfer the mixture to an ovenproof dish, and bake in the oven at 300°F for 20 minutes.

Topping:

  1. Steam or microwave sweet potato until soft, then mash with a fork. Add in one tablespoon of yogurt, and mix well.
  2. Add the topping, and bake at 300°F for another 10 minutes.