Australian war hero and decorated military war hero, Labrador mix Sarbi, died yesterday after losing the battle against brain cancer!
This brave and wonderful explosive detection military dog was awarded the highest Australian Canine Honors – The War Dog Operational Medal, and the Purple Cross by the RSPCA for services in Afghanistan in 2008.
Sarbi went missing in 2008 during a life-and-death battle between the SAS and the Taliban in Afghanistan. She was the first dog to be missing in action.
The Labrador – Newfoundland mix was taken prisoner of war by the Taliban. They moved the dog around from compound to compound to conceal her. She was finally discovered 13 months later by a US Special Forces soldier.
Sarbi’s story is the subject of a 2011 book, Saving Private Sarbi, by Sandra Le.
Sarbi’s post-war days were far less stressful for the brave, brave girl. The dog spent the last five years in the home of her previous military handler. Warrant Officer David Simpson and his wife Kira. She was twelve at the time of her death.
Recently, Sarbi start having seizures and a brain tumor was discovered.
Rest in Peace beautiful, brave girl! Thank you for your service.
Image and article source: The Daily Telegraph