Skip to comments.ADVENTURES OF A DOG SOLDIER: AFGHANISTAN'S FOUR-LEGGED HEROES
Posted on 11/26/2012 5:08:32 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
ARMS and explosives search dog Treo has saved countless lives in Afghanistan. His handler David Heyhoe tells his story.
SETTING off into the dawn sunlight, Treo and I are out front doing the lonely walk. We dog handlers say that emotions run up leash and down again. We had just lost our first soldier - killed by a roadside improvised explosive device (IED) - and Treo could sense that I wanted payback.
Treo was hyper-alert and raring to go. It was a good thing. We'd been out for several days now and the Taliban would know the paths we'd use to get back to base. They would more than likely have sown them with a fresh crop of IEDs.
Treo is an arms explosives search dog, part of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps (RAVC). We were embedded with the Royal Irish Regiment in Afghanistan and the Rangers had come to see Treo as their "dog soldier". They had even given him one of their green shamrock flashes for luck. I had sewn it on to his search harness as we would need all the luck we could get.
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Treo was honored for saving lives in Afghanistan with the animal version of the Victoria Cross
Not a story about a Cheyenne Warrior huh?
Dogs are friggin’ awesome!!!!! How many search cats have you seen? LOL! Go PUPS!
Helping keep mankind warm for 65 years.
Take a look at the work being done at Penn Vet WDC. These folks are working to develop a training and breeding program for all sorts of search dogs (search and rescue, explosive or drug detection, etc.). Do you know that we get most of our S&R dogs from eastern Europe? We were honored to give one of our pups to this program.
Aww, whatta cutie - and the dog ain’t half bad either. LOL
Treo reminds me much of my first labbie. Mixed with something smaller, she was otherwise a perfect black lab in form & nature tho only 47 lbs at adulthood. Far as I’m concerned my dear Aphrodite was the ideal. Er, for a civvie.
Treo & his soldier are heroes.
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