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A DOG called Gromit and his handler named WALLACE are helping to rout the Taliban.

The real-life heroes - Lance Corporal Andy Wallace and his Army alsatian - are best pals just like their cartoon namesakes.

But the big difference is their idea of a Grand Day Out is patrolling the mean streets of Afghan capital Kabul.

Andy, 25 - who trained as a Forces medic before switching to the Royal Army Veterinary Corps - grinned yesterday: "While I do miss my family and girlfriend Zoe, you never feel lonely when you have a companion like Gromit. We have a real bond."

The Army's Gromit may not be as cuddly as the animated version, but just like his Oscar-winning counterpart he is no pushover.

The two-year-old is a highly trained protection dog.

He normally helps to guard the Brits' Camp Bastion HQ.

But he is currently spending two months on a tour of duty which sees the pooch and his handler teamed up with security patrols around Kabul.

Andy, from Stanley, Co Durham - a veteran of two tours in Iraq - said: "Both Gromit and I love getting out. The local people are always glad to see us.

"He's very protective of me and can be fairly aggressive when he needs to be. Most people don't mess with Gromit."



Sniffer dog that went missing in action after Afghan battle is discovered safe and sound after 14 MONTHS lost in the desert

By Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 6:23 PM on 12th November 2009

A sniffer dog that went missing in action after a battle in Afghanistan has been found safe and well after more than a year in the desert.

Sabi the black Labrador was with a joint Australian-Afghan army patrol when it was ambushed by Taliban militants in September 2008.

Nine soldiers were wounded in the ensuing gun battle, which earned one Australian SAS trooper the country's highest bravery award.

But there was no sign of the bomb-sniffing dog after the battle in a remote area of Uruzgan province.

Sabi's handlers spent months scouring the desert looking for the four-year-old animal, but to no avail.


Having a ball: Sabi at Forward Operating Base Ripley in Tarin Kowt, Oruzgan Province, Afghanistan, after her amazing return

Last week - 14 months after she disappeared - a U.S. serviceman spotted a dog with an Afghan man at an isolated patrol base in another part of Uruzgan.

The Afghan handed Sabi over and the American quickly realised she must be a military-trained animal.

Within days, the Labrador was returned to her unit - no worse for wear.

Mark Donaldson, the SAS trooper awarded the Victoria Cross for rescuing a wounded interpreter during the battle, said: 'Sabi's the last piece of the puzzle.

'Having Sabi back gives some closure for the handler and the rest of us that served with her in 2008. It's a fantastic morale-booster for the guys.'

The dog's unnamed handler told of the moment he was reunited with Sabi. He said: 'I nudged a tennis ball to her with my foot and she took it straight away.

'It's a game we used to play over and over during her training. It's amazing, just incredible, to have her back.'


Enlarge   Hero's welcome: Sabi is greeted by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and US commander General Stanley McChrystal

Hero's welcome: Sabi is greeted by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and US commander General Stanley McChrystal

The dog was returned to the Australians' base just in time for a visit by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who was photographed along with the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, petting Sabi.

'Sabi is back home in one piece and is a genuinely nice pooch as well,' Rudd told reporters.

The canine star appeared composed and relaxed, showing no signs of stress - she even welcomed strangers with a sniff and a lick.

Exactly where Sabi has been or what happened to her during the past 14 months will probably never be known, though her good condition when she was found indicated somebody had been looking after her, military spokesman Brig. Brian Dawson said.

The dog was being tested for diseases before a decision was made on whether she can return to Australia.

More than 1,500 Australian troops are in Afghanistan and most are involved in training Afghan security forces. Among them are units that use dogs to sniff out roadside bombs and other explosive booby traps.




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April 2, 2003






A real Dog of War has been hailed the hero of a British Army raid on an Iraqi stronghold.

Explosives sniffer dog Buster unearthed a hidden cache of arms from an enemy camp in the southern Iraqi village of Safwan.

The Springer Spaniel's find was followed by the arrest of 16 Saddam Hussein supporters.

Brown-eyed Buster, who is five, took part in a raid launched by 200 troops.

His handler, Sergeant Danny Morgan, 37, of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps said: "The soldiers had found nothing so I unleashed Buster and sent him in.

"The rule is that the dog always goes first in case there are booby traps and I was obviously concerned for him as he started his search. Within minutes he became excited in a particular area and I knew he'd discovered something.

"The Iraqis we spoke to had denied having any weapons. But Buster found their arms even though they'd hidden them in a wall cavity, covered it with a sheet of tin then pushed a wardrobe in front of it.

"I'm very proud of him."

Buster's haul included AK47 assault rifles, a pistol, grenades, ammunition and bomb-making equipment.

Suitcases full of cash, a suspected stash of heroin and crack cocaine and pro-Saddam Hussein Ba'ath Party literature were also discovered in the buildings used by the mafia-style gangs.

Buster races into action
Buster races into action

Sgt Morgan keeps Buster at his home in Aldershot, Hants, where he doubles as a family pet for his five-year-old daughter Emma and wife Nicki.

"I trained him by teaching him to fetch weapons like guns and ammunition instead of sticks and balls," he said.

"He loves his job simply because he thinks it's a game and obviously has no idea he's going into dangerous situations.

"I end up doing all the worrying because he's not only doing a job out here - he's my best friend. Buster is the only arms and explosives search dog working in Iraq right now and has been worth his weight in gold today.

"But my daughter Emma is missing him terribly - even more than she misses me!

"She was upset when I went off to war but wept buckets when she was saying goodbye to Buster. She's been sending him more treats than me since we arrived."

Buster is so valuable to the army that he has even been given his own protective gear in case of chemical or biological attack.

When Scud or gas attack warning sound, he leaps into a special sealed pen equipped with an electric motor that pumps air through a gas mask filter.

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Medal for 'bomb sniff' dog
Buster with handler Sgt Danny Morgan
Buster usually lives in Hampshire with Sgt Danny Morgan and family
A dog is to be awarded the animal "Victoria Cross" for sniffing out hidden bomb-making equipment in Iraq.

Buster, a five-year-old springer spaniel, broke an armed resistance cell in the southern Iraqi town of Safwan with his discovery in March.

The Army search dog is to receive the People's Dispensary for Sick Animal's (PDSA) Dickin Medal from Princess Alexandra at the Imperial War Museum on Tuesday.

By his side will be proud handler Sergeant Danny Morgan, from the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, based at Aldershot in Hampshire.

Sgt Morgan, 37, who describes Buster as his best friend, usually looks after him at home, where he is also a family pet for his five-year-old daughter Emma and wife Nicki, a 32-year-old nurse.

We would never have found the weapons without him and they would still be a threat to our troops
Sgt Danny Morgan

He said of the medal-winning incident: "The soldiers had found nothing so I unleashed Buster and sent him in.

"Within minutes he became excited in a particular area and I knew he'd discovered something.

"Buster found the arms even though they had hidden them in a wall cavity, covered it with a sheet of tin then pushed a wardrobe in front.

"We would never have found the weapons without him and they would still be a threat to our troops and the local population."

Outstanding bravery

The stash included Russian AK47 assault rifles, a pistol, six grenades, fuses, ammunition and large quantities of cash, drugs and pro-Saddam literature.

There have been no attacks in the town since Buster's discovery and soon afterwards troops were able to replace their steel helmets with soft berets.

Buster is only the 24th dog to receive the PDSA Dickin Medal and his award marks the 60th anniversary of the honour, which was inaugurated by the PDSA's founder Maria Dickin in December 1943 to recognise outstanding bravery of animals in World War II.

The award is the highest decoration for gallantry that can be bestowed on any animal member of the British and Commonwealth forces.

So far it has been presented to 59 animals - 32 pigeons, three horses and one cat as well as 23 dogs.


Nov 15 2004

MEET Lance Corporal Jenny Chester and Bonnie - the bravest girls in Iraq.

The 19-year-old army dog handler and her black Labrador are the Black Watch's new front line of defence against suicide bombers.

At huge personal risk, the duo carry out a vital role at the troops' vehicle checkpoints that allows the Scots unit to keep up their block on rebel fighters fleeing battle- ravaged Fallujah.

As soldiers wait inside armoured Warrior fighting vehicles, Jenny and Bonnie go forward alone to check cars for the deadly devices.

The pair from 102 Military Working Dogs Support Unit in Basra were rushed up to the 850-strong battle group's base at Camp Dogwood near Baghdad five days ago.

Last night, Jenny said: 'It's scary when you think what could happen when we approach target vehicles.

Tactics 'But I'd rather it be me and my dog than five soldiers.

'To be honest, I try not to think about the consequences too much, because if I did I wouldn't be able to do my job.'

Two suicide attacks in one week, which killed three soldiers and wounded 10, have forced Black Watch commanders to change their tactics.

Jenny, from Kent, said: 'I do it because I trust Bonnie 100 per cent.I know if there's something there, Bonnie will find it and hopefully we'll be able to get out in time.'

And of her canine partner, she said: 'She's my best friend. And she's the one I talk to when I'm upset about something.'

'If she didn't enjoy her job, we wouldn't keep on making her do it.'







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