During the Peninsular War, close proximity between troops and citizen often resulted in fraternizations of all sorts. In 1813, a young French matron was curious to see the fearsome British Redcoats assembled near town and showed up with her poodle in her arms. Alarmed, the poodle jumped from her arms and headed barking all the way towards the British line. The French were trying to whistle it back,and so the French commander, Captain Cooke ordered his men to return the dog to her. One Redcoat picked up the poodle and made his way to the young lady who was appreciative enough to offer him a goblet of wine and tobacco.
Source: Military Anecdotes, Geofrey Regan. 1992