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Hailsham dog in the running for bravery award

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OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF CRUFTS 2013 and hero dog finalists.

Sally Baldwin and Brin (Koochee Tiger mix).

The Kennel Club announces the official finalists of the prestigious Crufts dog heroes competition, Friends for Life. A dog that helped save the lives of two soldiers in Afghanistan and survived capture by the Taliban, a police dog that has helped make 433 arrests, and a three legged stray that has turned the life of a seven year old boy around, just a month after being left for dead on a railway line, are among the final five dog heroes who will compete in the public vote for the prestigious Friends for Life final at Crufts 2013. These are just some of the dogs celebrated at Crufts for the way that they enrich our lives. 
For further info: Heidi Ancel. Tel: 020 7518 1008 Mob: 07800 937 070
Laura Quickfall:  0207 518 1008 Mob: 07538101689. Email:	press.office@thekennelclub.org.uk Website: www.crufts.org.uk 
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20130221 Copyright onEdition 2013� Free for editorial use image, please credit: onEdition OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF CRUFTS 2013 and hero dog finalists. Sally Baldwin and Brin (Koochee Tiger mix). The Kennel Club announces the official finalists of the prestigious Crufts dog heroes competition, Friends for Life. A dog that helped save the lives of two soldiers in Afghanistan and survived capture by the Taliban, a police dog that has helped make 433 arrests, and a three legged stray that has turned the life of a seven year old boy around, just a month after being left for dead on a railway line, are among the final five dog heroes who will compete in the public vote for the prestigious Friends for Life final at Crufts 2013. These are just some of the dogs celebrated at Crufts for the way that they enrich our lives. For further info: Heidi Ancel. Tel: 020 7518 1008 Mob: 07800 937 070 Laura Quickfall: 0207 518 1008 Mob: 07538101689. Email: press.office@thekennelclub.org.uk Website: www.crufts.org.uk For further C

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.

 

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