This weekend was the end of maple season in Northwestern Quebec. Sucrerie de la Montagne (Sugar Mountain) - a home away from home - a place to feel more at home than anywhere else you’ve ever known. Stefan and Pierre know how to live, and they pass those feelings on to all who make the trip.
Reading a message this dog has just delivered. He has just swam across a canal to get to his master, c. 1917
The message would been scrolled up inside a waterproof container attached to the dogs collar. It is likely that the kit bag worn on the handlers chest would have contained the incoming and outgoing messages.
After recruitment from Battersea Dogs’ Home, trainee messenger dogs were trained for service at The War Dog Training School in Shoeburyness, England. Once their training had been completed, the dogs were posted to kennels at Etaples in France, which was close to the Western Front. The dogs were then posted to kennels just behind the front line, where they joined up with infantry regiments.
Above is the trailer for my film that took three years to make for some reason. It’s a post-industrial love story based very loosely on Kurt Vonnegut’s first novel, “Player Piano”. It just got into a couple festivals, so if you’re in the area, come on by and say hello! Will be presenting it alongside David France at CMFF!