During the Civil War, dogs served as troop mascots,
demonstrating bravery and loyalty in camp and on the battlefield.
These mascots were an inspiration, bringing about unity while representing
beloved pets at home. For soldiers, the act of nurturing offset
boredom in camp, and the dogs would enjoy a charmed life lavished
with affection. In Weiss’ powerful image, this Pyrenees provides
much needed sanctuary to a young soldier who has undoubtedly witnessed
the many horrors of war.