Friday, November 13, 2009

Sniffer dog reappears after 14 months in the Afghan desert

Sabi plays at Forward Operating Base Ripley in Tarin Kowt, Oruzgan Province, Afghanistan after her amazing return.
AP Photo
Sabi a sniffer dog who went missing in action after a battle in Afghanistan has miraculously been found safe and sound after more than a year in the desert reports the Associated Press.

The black Labrador is said to have been with a joint Australian-Afghan army patrol when it was ambushed by Taliban militants in September 2008. Nine soldiers were wounded during the skirmish that followed, and when the dust settled, there was no sign of the bomb-sniffing dog.

Then, 14 months after she disappeared, a U.S. serviceman spotted a dog that appeared to be military trained with an Afghan man at an isolated patrol base. Within days, the lost lab was returned to her unit. The prized pooch came home to roost just in time for a visit by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. She was described as "composed and relaxed" and no worse for wear after her desert adventures.

Exactly what happened to Sabi and how she spent her days during her 14 month disappearance is unknown, but her good condition and happy disposition shows she was well loved and cared for. (But, of course, conspiracy theorists are already suggesting that she is a spy.) Sabi is just one of many dogs in Afghanistan trained to sniff out roadside bombs and other hidden explosives.

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happy said...

Wow, that's so amazing! Hope she's not spying for the enemy now ;-)

Sam said...

That's crazy! I wonder if they'll still be using her or sending her home. 14 months wandering the desert (Well-fed or not) is quite an adventure for a dog!

Anonymous said...

Oh wow that's amazing!!!

Dory and the Mama said...

What a wonderful story!! Thank you so much for sharing it!!

Smileys for a happy weekend!

Thor said...

That´s amazing! Thanks for sharing with us!

SGR said...

Woof! WOW ... thanks for sharing. Happy Friday! Just want to say Lots of Golden Thanks to your Friendship. An award is waiting for you on my blog. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Alex93andme said...

What a wonderful story! Thanks for sharing!

Farley's Mom said...

Just another reason to love our loyal friends. Thank you for sharing!

Teddy Bear said...

What a pawesome story!

Teddy Bear

P.S. My Mommy roasts the pumpkin seeds. She says they are good for humans.

Tanuki Maxx said...

Thanks for sharing this with us! Makes me very very proud to be a canine!!


The OP Pack said...

Wow, that's a great story - thanks for sharing.

Happy weekend, the OP Pack

Tweedles -- that's me... said...

Thank you for always sharing these amazing stories!

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

How khool!

PeeEssWoo: Oh yes, a spy fur sure!