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Juliana's Blue Cross Medal.<br />
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A medal awarded to a daring dog for incredible acts of wartime heroism has come to light after it was discovered in a house clearance.<br />
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Juliana, a Great Dane, was awarded the Blue Cross Medal after she miraculously extinguised an incendiary bomb that fell through the roof of her owner's house during the Blitz.<br />
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Three years later, the plucky pooch alerted customers to a fire that was ripping through her owner's shop, earning her a second medal.<br />
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The fascinating story was only revealed when auctioneers conducted a house clearance at a property in Bristol and discovered the medal plus a portrait of Juliana.<br />
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A plaque attached to the portrait reads: "Juliana - awarded a medal for extinguising an incendiary bomb April 1941. Awarded another for alerting the occupants of her master's burning shop November 1944".<br />
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Blue Cross began life as Our Dumb Friends League in 1897 and initially only gave out medals to people who had helped rescue animals.<br />
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However, in 1918 an order of merit was created to honour horses which had served in the First World War.<br />
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The award was almost forgotten until it was revived in 1940 and awarded to two heroic dogs.