A starving Afghan hound that saved soldiers’ lives by sniffing out roadside bombs in Afghanistan only to be rehomed in Hailsham is one of the heroic dogs in the running for one of the most prestigious awards at next month’s Crufts.
Brin, a Kennel Club Friends for Life competitor at Birmingham’s NEC, survived capture by the Taliban and rescue by Afghanistan Special Forces to be rehomed in the UK by Hailsham teacher Sally Baldwin, 51.
Sally sold her car and raised £4,000 to bring Brin home after reading of his exploits on Facebook and being amazed at how he saved Coldstream Guards out on patrol from death by alerting them to an IED.
Brin was adopted by the soldiers in Helmand Province, but faced being left behind and killed when the unit flew home.
After a hair-raising five-day journey to Kabul in a bomb-proof box, Brin was flown to the UK and now the pair travel the country raising money and awareness of animal charity Nowzad, which has rehomed hundreds of animals from war-torn Afghanistan.
“Brin has been through so much but this never stopped him being loyal, loving and brave,” said Sally.
“Despite being left starving and abandoned, he found new humans to love and saved the soldiers’ lives.
“Having survived being captured by the Taliban, he came back to the UK and made the most loving pet. He is one in a million.”
The competition with a charity prize of £1,500 honours dogs for bravery, support or companionship and to vote for Sally and Brin, call 0844 646 0205 before 6.30pm on March 10.