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