Dogs in the History of Spain

Dogs in the History of Spain

admin December 26, 2019

The history of Spain is full of heroic characters and not all of them were human. Many dogs have starred in acts of great courage and courage, and have earned their deserved place in the hall of Spanish fame. Next, we will see the most famous dogs in the history of Spain and their contribution to the country.

Ajax, a German shepherd hero in the Civil Guard

Ajax is one of the most recent dogs in the history of Spain. Born in 2001, this beautiful German shepherd could have been a pet and made his family’s life happy. However, he was destined to be much more, and he became a hero of the Civil Guard.

Even in his childhood, Ajax begins to be trained to become an expert dog in the detection and search for explosives. His training at the Training School of the Civil Guard’s Kineological Service would end in 2004 and, thus, Ajax begins to work alongside Sergeant Juan C. Alabarce, in the security service of SM the King, under the supervision of the Royal House.

Despite performing with excellence daily, Ajax would enter Spanish history in 2009. It all starts when Sergeant Alabarce and Ajax travel to Palma de Mallorca to collaborate with security during the summer vacations of the royal family.

On the day after his arrival, ETA (Euskadi Ta Askatasuna) would carry out his latest attack in Spanish territory with deaths. Its explosives would be detonated in the Palmanova region, around the Civil Guard headquarters. Two young agents would be killed.

The day Ajax would go down in history

Sergeant Alabarce and other members of the Civil Guard would appear immediately to detect other possible bombs. Ajax managed to identify a powerful concealed explosive under a car and with a motion sensor.

His incredible work prevented not only his death and that of his guardian, but also members of the Civil Guard, tourists, and residents of the region. Thanks to him, the bomb could be detonated safely and many lives have been saved.

Dogs in the history of Spain: a conquering winch

Many dogs have accompanied the expeditions of recognition and colonization after the arrival of the Spaniards in the New World. Most of them were prepared to act as a war dog in the fighting for the conquest of the territory.

A Spanish Alano called Becerrillo stood out as one of the most fierce, stubborn and effective in fulfilling his function. At that time, dogs used to be trained to chase the Indians during battles or escape attempts.

Becerril was trained on the old island of Hispaniola, a territory that is currently shared between the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Already during his training, he stood out for his strength, strength, strong personality and energy.

Becerril, a tireless and intelligent soldier

According to legends, Becerrillo is portrayed as one of the most dedicated and loyal ‘soldiers’ of the Spanish army. In each of his battles, Alano was synonymous with surrender, and he did not hesitate to risk his own life to serve.

Becerril also stood out for his hunting strategy, in which he revealed his great intelligence and a balanced character. Contrary to what one might think, he was not a bloodthirsty Indian killer.

In his work, the animal knew exactly how to chase the rebels, reach them and drag them back without causing them damage. Violence was his last resort, used only in situations of extreme tension.

His performance was so important that Becerrillo received a salary equivalent to that of a crossbowman. After serving his country, Alano was finally able to rest and recover like a true war hero.

Lump, the famous dog of Pablo Picasso

This was the dog of one of the best painters in history and a man surrounded by legends: the eternal Pablo Picasso. Although he declared himself a fan of loneliness, his love for dogs was a prominent feature of his personality. And his love story for his dog Lump has been eternalized in the works of the Spanish painter.

The lump was a dachshund that Davis Duncan, an American war photographer, gives to his great friend Picasso. The nice dachshund appears in 14 of 58 paintings that make up the Las Meninas series. This masterful composition of Picasso was a tribute to Diego Velázquez, and his beloved dog replaces the Spanish mastiff of the original painting.

Thanks to Picasso, Lump was established as one of the most famous dogs in the history of Spain. Also, he has achieved a privileged place in the art world.

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