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Old 03-01-2010, 12:05 AM   #1
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Mar 1, 2010: Treo

This is Treo and his Dickin Medal, which is the animal equivalent of a Victoria Cross.



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Nine-year-old Treo's job is to sniff out roadside bombs in Afghanistan for soldiers, and he has proved rather good at it.
In August, 2008, while working as a forward detection dog in Sangin, Treo found a "daisy chain" improvised explosive device (IED) - made of two or more explosives wired together - that had been carefully modified and concealed by the Taliban at the side of a path*.
A month later, his actions saved another platoon from guaranteed casualties, again by finding a daisy chain IED*.
* probably planted by cats.

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Treo is the 63rd animal to receive the Dickin Medal - introduced in 1943 to honor the work of animals in war - and the 27th dog to receive the honor.
Since its introduction it has also been presented to 32 World War II messenger pigeons, three horses and one cat.
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Oh, and here's a link to 8 heroic dogs in history.
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Old 03-01-2010, 06:18 AM   #2
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Be sure to remove the medal and collar before barbecue.
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Old 03-01-2010, 06:36 AM   #3
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I can not imagine a dog hunting for booby traps. I can't even vaguely get my head around that.

Every dog I've ever seen looking for something were hugely animated, tail swishing, blundering masses of energy. How can a dog see a trip wire?

I am amazed and amazed a human will follow closely behind too.
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Old 03-01-2010, 09:15 AM   #4
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1949: Simon – the ship's cat on HMS Amethyst during the Yangtze Incident, noted for surviving injuries from a cannon shell, raising morale and killing off a rat infestation during the incident, by doing this duty despite being wounded. He was raised to the fanciful rank of "Able Seacat" and awarded a campaign medal. The medal was sold by the Royal Navy and is now a valuable collectors item, partly because Simon has been the only cat to win the medal
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Old 03-01-2010, 10:45 AM   #5
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I wonder how many bitches fall for the "Wanna see my medal?" line.
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Old 03-01-2010, 11:20 AM   #6
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Yay Treo!!
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Old 03-01-2010, 12:42 PM   #7
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I wonder how many bitches fall for the "Wanna see my medal?" line.
Shaun White talking about his mom having his medal dry cleaned after he wore it out clubbing had me lol'ing.
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Old 03-01-2010, 08:00 PM   #8
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Sounds like an award for Warren Beatty.
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Old 03-01-2010, 09:54 PM   #9
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Well, I guess I can now say that I've seen my share of award winning pussy.
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Old 03-02-2010, 09:38 AM   #10
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Well, I guess I can now say that I've seen my share of award winning pussy.
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Old 03-02-2010, 11:18 PM   #11
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I resent that line about "planted by cats"

Any daisychain of IEDs MY cat were to plant wouldn't be found by some dog. Nope, not a chance.
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Old 03-02-2010, 11:23 PM   #12
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That's why he got a medal.
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Old 03-20-2010, 03:08 AM   #13
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I resent that line about "planted by cats"

Any daisychain of IEDs MY cat were to plant wouldn't be found by some dog. Nope, not a chance.
What do you call a group of insurgent cats?


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Old 03-20-2010, 08:13 AM   #14
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Not Persians, then?
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