RIP Buster….An Arms And Explosive Search Dog Passes Away At His Handler’s Family Home
Buster is said to have saved “a thousand lives” in war zones around the world, during his working career.
The springer spaniel has passed away at his handler’s home in Lincolnshire, says the RAF.
Buster with his medals
Before retiring to live with Flight Sergeant Will Barrow, the 13-year-old dog had served in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Iraq – sniffing out bombs and booby traps before they could kill British service personnel. He’s said to have completed more tours than any other military dog.
As well as giving advanced warning of suicide bombers and hidden IEDs (improvised explosive devices), Buster also helped cheer up the troops, says his handler.
He also made friends with local Afghans when he went out on patrol.
Sniffer dog in action
In light of the invaluable work Buster did, he has been made the Official lifetime mascot of the RAF Police.
This brave boy was suffering from quite bad arthritis in his legs and a form of post traumatic stress from all his time spent under enemy fire.
Thanks to BBC Newsbeat for the story. To read more about this incredible boy, go here.