Juliana was a Great Dane who lived with her family in Great Britain during WWII. The nation was under a near constant bombardment from Nazi Germany. One day an incendiary bomb crashed through the roof and landed in the middle of their home. Juliana stopped the fire from spreading by peeing on it. No, this is not satire.
In April 1941, a German incendiary bomb fell through the roof of the house where a Great Dane named Juliana and her owner lived. Juliana reportedly walked over to the bomb, stood over it and urinated on it. By marking the incendiary device, Juliana extinguished it and prevented the fire from spreading. For her actions, she was awarded the Blue Cross medal. The first animals to be awarded the medal were horses that had served in WWI.
Three years later, Juliana came to the rescue again. In November 1944, a fire broke out in her owner’s shoe shop. Juliana alerted her owner’s family and everyone was able to evacuate the shop before any lives were lost. For this, she was awarded a second Blue Cross. We Are The Mighty
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Juliana died when someone pushed poison through their mail slot in 1946. Her actions would have gone without notice until 2013, when a watercolor portrait of her and her second Blue Cross medal were found during a Bristol property clearing auction.
Great Danes are considered ‘gentle giants’ and their massive height makes them great guardians. That is their history- bred to guard their charges for over 400 years. They have a strong bite force at 238 PSI, but Juliana just used her bladder on that first bomb. They are known to be sensitive to what is happening around them.
The painting had a plaque that described how she took care of the first bomb and how she saved the family from the fire in their shoe shop.
[1100 pounds sterling is over $1,500 USD.] Juliana was a heroine twice. Man’s best friend indeed.
Auctioneer Philip Taubenheim described Juliana as, “a Great Dane with a great bladder.” Expected to sell for £60, the portrait and medal ended up selling for an incredible £1100.
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