Bomb detecting pooch is top dog

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A HERO dog captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan and now living with a Laughton teacher missed out on a top national award by one place.

Terrier cross Brin was shortlisted in the Golden Oldie category of the Hero Dog award by the Dogs Trust.

Last week he joined Sally Baldwin to attend the star-studded ceremony in London but had to cede top spot to Theo who died in combat with his soldier in Helmand.

Brin was a street stray, adopted by soldiers and learnt to sniff out IED bombs to help keep his human comrades safe.

He was captured by insurgents who thought he was a special sniffer dog but rescued and returned to British soldiers last September, returning to the UK through the charity Nowzad Dogs.

He finished his quarantine in March and is now a happy member of Sally’s Hailsham family.

When she heard Brin came second, Sally said: “Someone else nominated him for the medal and I am so proud he made it to the top five.

“It’s fitting the recognition should be with Theo and the family. I hope this honour will bring a moment of happiness in the light of all they have lost.

“Brin is lucky to be here and I can share his story and the plight of so many animals in war-torn countries in my effort to raise awareness.”

Sally has applied for Brin to be a PAT dog, which supports elderly people with disabilities in homes and feels he would help with his kind and gentle nature.

“He has already visited Laughton and Chiddingly schools and hopes other schools will let him share his journey with them.

“I am very lucky to be able to walk with such an amazing soul.”