From an Article published in The New York Times on Januray 30, 1916
“The Army’s first Red Cross dog contingent was shipped to Ft. Ethan, VT on Thursday. The dogs, all puppies, numbered six and are without question the most valuable of their kind in the United States.
They were not acquired by purchase, and the fact that the Army now owns them is not due to the foresight of the government at Washington but to the generosity of two patriotic Americn citizens, Mr. and Mrs M.R. Spellman of New York City and Hyde Park.
The puppies are German Pedigreed “Boxer” Dogs whose ancestors belonged to two of the greatest of modern rulers-Emperor William of Germany and the late King Edward VII of England.
The breed known as “Boxer” is a result of a cross between the German Mastif [Great Dane] and the English Bulldog- a cross that was suggested by Emperor William more than fifteen years ago. It is this breed of dog that, according to military observers, has proved to be the king of red cross dogs in the European war.
They are the leaders of all the German dog detchments. Rolfe, the father of the [ 6 boxer] puppies, was given to Mr. Spellman in 1910, by a New York stockbroker. His registered pedigree shows that he is a full blodded member of the Kaiser’s famous kennel family.
Wanda, the mother of Uncle Sam’s Red Cross puppies, comes from the almost equally famous Boxer Kennels of Munich. These two and their puppies are said to be the only full blooded genuine Boxer Dogs in the United States.”