This article from the Daily Mail profiles a bomb-sniffing dog and his master, who was killed recently in Afghanistan. The dog died shortly afterward and has been proposed for the Dickin Medal, "the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross".
In life, they were inseparable. And in death, this brave man and his best friend are staying by each other’s side.
A record-breaking Army sniffer dog and his devoted handler will make their final journey home together next week.
Theo, a springer spaniel cross, suffered a fatal seizure shortly after his master, Lance Corporal Liam Tasker, was shot dead by the Taliban on Tuesday.
The 22-month-old dog was said to have died of a broken heart after the Arms and Explosives Search soldier was killed.
The pair had uncovered 14 home-made bombs and hoards of weapons in just five months on the frontline – more than any other dog and handler in the conflict. And when L/Cpl Tasker, 26, is repatriated to RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire next week, Theo’s ashes will be alongside his body in a casket on the RAF Hercules carrying the coffin.
A campaign has also been launched to award Theo a Dickin Medal – the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross.
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Their last journey: Tragic bomb dog Theo in line for an 'animal VC' as he and his master's body are flown home together
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