The dog is one of the most decorated canine war heroes in Australia.
Sarbi disappeared in September 2008 when a convoy of Australian and Afghan soldiers was attacked by insurgents in Oruzgan province.
Nine Australian soldiers were injured in the incident, but Sarbi was nowhere to be found.
The dog turned up 14 months later.
“She was finally located by an American soldier just walking along a trail with an Afghan person, and the American, through a few signals and words, determined she had military training,” Mr. Howman said. “They knew we were missing a black dog, so they brought her back to Tarin Kot and they determined she was Sarbi.”
The DHA’s decision to honor the hero just added to her list of honors.
“She’s won the War Dog Medal, the Canine Service Medal and also, specifically, the RSPCA Purple Cross medal and there’s only been two military animals in Australia ever awarded that,” Mr. Howman said. “The other was Simpson’s donkey at Gallipoli, from the First World War, who was used to bring wounded soldiers back from the beach.”
On Saturday a dog park in south-east Queensland was named in her honor. The $1 million Sarbi Park was officially opened on Saturday as part of Defence Housing Australia’s new Warner Lakes The Reserve development.
According to DHA managing director Paul Howman, the organization had wanted to honor the former Australian Special Forces explosives detection dog’s heroic deeds in Afghanistan.
Image source: Michelle Smith via The Sydney Morning Herald
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald