Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Tale of Two Puppy Dogs

Today we want to tell you about two very special dogs.

This is Cooper. He used to come into the clinic our mum and friend Greta worked in, and was a very nice, well behaved dog. He went missing on New Years Eve, and we were really sad to learn that he was found on Wednesday after having passed away. His passing is now the subject of a Police and RSPCA investigation.
We want to send all the love, light and healing thoughts we can to his mum Anita and the rest of his family. You were a good dog, Cooper, and we will not forget you.

This is Sarbi. Sarbi is a very brave lady-dog. She is an explosives detection dog, which means she has been directly responsible for saving the lives of soldiers and civillians during her two deployments to Afghanistan.
In September 2008, Sarbi was seperated from her handler during an ambush. The fighting was so severe that it led to the awarding of the first Victoria Cross to an Australian soldier since 1969. She was last seen injured, heading towards a patrol base. Despite fearing the worst, allied soldiers were informed that Sarbi had been classified as Missing in Action, and were asked to keep a look out for her.

14 months later while on patrol in Oruzgan province, a young American soldier noticed a fat black labrador walking with a local man. He knew that an Australian dog was missing, and used a few simple commands in English. Sarbi responded immediately. From there, she was flown to Tarin Kowt where her identity was confirmed and the process of returning her to Australia could begin.

Sarbi has now finished all the quarantine requirements, and yesterday was seen for the first time out in public back with her handler. She will continue to train, and in about a month will be assessed for whether she should return to duty or be retired. If retired, she will most likely retire with her handler and his family, as is the standard practice here.
We are very glad that Sarbi found a good person to look after her, until she was able to find her way home, and are sending lots of thanks out to him. You're a good dog, Sarbi. Welcome home.

Pictures of Sarbi from the Department of Defence


d'Artagnan Rumblepurr said...

Two very good dogs, what a sad story about Cooper.

Cheyenne -Millie said...

Thank you for sharing the stories of these two good dogs! We are sad about Cooper! And are glad that Sarbi was found!

Huffle Mawson said...

I saw the story about Sarbi on the news, how good was that???

Sorry to hear about Cooper, that is very sad.

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan and Bibi-Chan said...

So very sad about Cooper. We also read about Sarbi on the Internet and thought it was a brilliant story. Nothing like coming home!

Cory said...

We are so sad to hear about Cooper. We will purr that the investigation brings some answers to his family.

What a wonderful story about Sarbi! He looks beyone happy to be with his handler/daddy.

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

What a sad/happy post. We are so sorry to hear about dear little Cooper and are sending love and healing purrs for his family. We so hope that little one didn't suffer. RIP Cooper.

And what an adventure Sarbi had. We are so glad there is a happy ending and hope retirement is on the horizon for this brave dog.

Thank you for sharing their stories.

Katnip Lounge said...

Poor Cooper, we hope if somebody did something bad they will be caught and punished.

Sarbi is quite the intrepid gal, we hope she has many good years as a retired family pet.

Shelly said...

So sad to hear about Cooper. :( My prayers to his family. Congrats to Sarbi's family for her return!

Angel and Kirby said...

WE are so sad about Cooper. We know he was loved and will be missed. Please pass our purrs and sorrow to her family.

Sarbi is a very lucky Lady. We are thankful that so many stepped up to help her, a solider, in need. We hope she has a wonderful life with her handler ans his family.

The Island Cats said...

We are sorry to hear about Cooper but what a good story about Sarbi!!

Mickey,Georgia , Tillie said...

Two good stories.We are sad to hear about Cooper though. We send purrs to his family.
Purrs Mickey, Georgia & Tillie