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Courageous Buster never led dog’s life

Courageous Buster never led dog’s life
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A military sniffer dog which saved more than a thousand lives whilst on service has died. The RAF has confirmed that Buster, a 13-year-old Springer...

A military sniffer dog which saved more than a thousand lives whilst on service has died. The RAF has confirmed that Buster, a 13-year-old Springer Spaniel, died at his handler’s home in Lincolnshire. The arms and explosives dog completed five tours of duty in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Iraq.


He is credited with saving more than a thousand lives through his work for the military. In 2003, Buster was awarded the Dickin medal for his military service, dubbed the Victoria Cross for animals.According to The Independent, Buster was also the official lifetime mascot of the RAF Police and won the Crufts Friends for Life Award in 2012.

He recently retired and had been living at the home of his handler Flight Sergeant Will Barrow. Sergeant Barrow wrote a bestselling book about his adventures with the much loved spaniel called Buster: The dog who saved a thousand lives. The officer said, “He saved my life every day we were together. I owe him so much that I can never repay the debt, even if we lived for ever.”
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