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Brave Army dog handler honoured

Wednesday October 5th 2011

A 35-year-old Army explosives sniffer dog handler has been awarded an MBE for exhibiting "unwavering bravery" and saving "countless" lives by unearthing scores of improvised explosive devices (IED) on the frontline in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Sergeant Wilson, from Shrewsbury, and her two-and-a-half-year-old Belgian Shepherd Malinois, Obama, served in the most dangerous areas in Afghanistan where the Taliban had planted IEDs.

The Royal Army Veterinary Corps soldier said she does not treat her canine companion as a pet, but rather as a working dog.

Dog owners must ensure that they have taken out a comprehensive Pet Insurance policy, although most will not be taking their animals on such high-risk expeditions.

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