Without a doubt, dogs are man’s best friend. They love us, protect us, and comfort us — sometimes until the very bitter end.
Throughout every major military conflict in history, dogs have nobly fought alongside soldiers, but it wasn’t until World War II that they were officially recognized.
Today, most military canines are trained to detect bombs, weapons, and drugs, and to track down the enemy — often putting their own precious lives on the line.
In 2013, Dr. Stewart Hilliard, Chief of Military War Dog training at Lackland Air Force Base, even said, “Dogs are among our most effective counter measures against terrorists and explosives.”
Treo was such a dog. As a military dog in Britain’s Royal Army Veterinary Corps, Treo detected countless explosives and IEDs while on assignment in Afghanistan, saving his entire platoon in the process.
A year after retiring, Treo was awarded the Dickin Medal for Gallantry, just as many outstanding military dogs in the U.S. are awarded the Purple Heart.
After his passing, however, his owner and handler Dave went one step further and paid him the most immortalizing tribute.
Scroll down to read Treo’s story, and to see the sweet, touching tribute his handler gave him. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!