If we needed further proof of the important role dogs play in every day life, whether working alongside their owners to improve their lives or simply bringing a smile to your face, an Army English Springer Spaniel cross named Theo is taking a lead role in the defence in Afghanistan after breaking the record for finding the most homemade bombs and weapons. Theo, 22 months, is giving the enemy the runaround in Helmand province by making 14 finds of IEDs (improvised explosive devices) and weapons caches in just five months. The search dog, part of the Theatre Military Working Dogs Support Unit (TMWDSU), is based at Camp Bastion with handler Lance Corporal Liam Tasker who spoke to the Belfast Telegraph and spoke of his love of his job and working with Theo:
"I love my job and working together with Theo. He has a great character and never tires. He can't wait to get out and do his job and will stop at nothing."
The roles dogs play in our lives today are vital and we should never forget what they add to our homes, lives and the important role they play in our safety and wellbeing.
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