Thursday, November 12, 2009

MIA Pooch Reunited With Australian Army in Afghanistan After 14 Months

(Andrew Mearse/AP)

A bomb-sniffing labrador that disappeared during a fierce firefight between the Taliban and Australian Army in September 2008 has been found alive and well this week.

Sabi, an explosives-sniffing dog for the Australian Speical Forces, was discovered by an American soldier at an isolated outpost in Oruzgan province and subsequently flown to Train Kowt where one of the Australian trainers recognized her.

SAS Trooper Mark Donaldson, Sabi's handler who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions in the same 2008 firefight where Sabi went missing, was notified of Sabi's whereabouts from Buckingham palace where the trooper had earlier met with the queen.

''She's the last piece of the puzzle,'' Tpr Donaldson said.

''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.

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