Defense chief canine correspondent
I came across this photograph of bomb-sniffing war dog named Treo and
his handler, Sergeant Dave Heyhoe, around the time we first started
this series a few weeks ago.
But the 8-year-old Treo made headlines when he was recently awarded the animals' Victoria Cross from the British military, presented by Princess Alexandra at the Imperial War Museum in London.
bronze medallion, bearing the words 'For Gallantry' and 'We Also Serve'
within a laurel wreath, is named after Maria Dickin, founder of the
introduced the honour to acknowledge 'outstanding acts of bravery
displayed by animals serving with the armed forces or civil defence
units in any theatre of war, worldwide.'"
The above photograph
was taken in 2008, shortly after Treo began his tour in Afghanistan
while he and Heyhoe were fighting the Taliban with a U.S. led task
force in the village of Segera, Kandahar Province. Treo, now retired,
appears to have displayed this kind of award-winning heroism on
numerous occasions during his career as an "an arms and explosives
But this award was given for one very specific act of heroism during
Treo's time in Afghanistan when this war dog uncovered an IED that
could have otherwise taken out an entire platoon.
The pair has been together for the past five years, a relationship that is sure to continue for the long haul, according to Heyhoe.
will say that he is just a military working dog -- yes, he is, but he
is also a very good friend of mine. We look after each other."
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