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Meet The Author
The "Meet The Author" section discusses Valerie Tripp's dog, Sunday, and relates to how frisky he is, just like Molly's dog, Bennett.
Looking Back: Dogs in 1944
Discusses the role of dogs during World War II. Topics covered:
- Lassie, a famous fictional dog best known in the film Lassie Come Home
- The US military's use of dogs during World War II
- The origins of military dogs as family pets
- Certain criteria military dogs had to meet, such as weight, height, and age
- German Shepherds, Dobermans, and Dalmatians as common military dogs
- Basic and advanced dog training in the military, with teaching dogs not to fear gunfire being the most important
- The use of positive reinforcement and experienced dogs to train new canine recruits
- Sentry dogs and scouts used to patrol for enemies
- The use of messenger dogs to convey vital information or get help from the command post
- Rescue dogs used to reach wounded soldiers, and pack dogs to deliver medical supplies
- Training volunteer dogs used in the military to return to civilian life following the end of World War II
Activity: Make Dog Treats
The Activity explains how to make waffle-shaped dog biscuits.
Items Associated with Molly's Puppy Tale
- In American Girl Magazine, Molly is illustrated in a unique pink print dress. This was changed in the illustrations when the story was republished as a short story volume and tied to Molly's Victory Garden Dress.
- ↑ The story takes place in May; Molly's birthday is in April.