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Determination in Afghanistan

Other than blogging, one of my huge areas of interest is in dog training and dog psychology. The following story amazes me--please forgive me for being one day late in celebrating Veteran's Day but I think this qualifies. Almost 14 months ago, an Australian Special Forces explosives detection dog names Sabi went missing during an engagement in Afghanistan.

Sabi was present with her handler when their combined Australian, US and Afghan National Army convoy was ambushed by an insurgent force.

Nine Australian soldiers, including Sabi's handler, were wounded during the engagement.

The chances of finding a missing dog after a year in the U.S. are slim, even with modern advances such as identification microchips; in war-torn Afghanistan the chances have to be astronomically small. This did not deter Australian Special Forces from trying.
Sabi spent more than a year in the desolate south of Afghanistan and repeated attempts were made by the Special Operations Task Group to find her.
Somehow, against all odds, a U.S. soldier found Sabi still alive and seemingly in good health.
Sabi was found by a US soldier at an isolated patrol base in north-eastern Uruzgan last week.


The US soldier who found her, and who can only be identified by his first name John, was aware Australian Special Forces soldiers were missing one of their explosive detection dogs.

He said it was immediately obvious that Sabi was no ordinary dog.

"I took the dog and gave it some commands it understood," he said.

She was flown to Tarin Kowt to be reunited with one of her trainers ...

(Click thumbnail above for larger image.) I really can't fathom how she managed to survive alone under those conditions for that long.

One thing is for sure. She showed more determination in Afghanistan than our president is able to muster.


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Comments (6)

Maybe the dog can give Pres... (Below threshold)

Maybe the dog can give President Numnuts some pointers. That's assuming of course, he's trainable. I have my doubts.

Faint praise, that...... (Below threshold)
Rodney Graves Author Profile Page:

Faint praise, that...

I'm guessing that once Sabi... (Below threshold)

I'm guessing that once Sabi figures out what has happened in the free world in the last 14 months, she'll head back for the hills. I know I'm thinking about it.

Determination in Afghanista... (Below threshold)

Determination in Afghanistan?

How about Dogged Determination in Afghanistan!

We need the guy who found t... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

We need the guy who found this dog immediately assigned to find Obama's spine.

No easy task - at least the dog had been seen before and was known to exist.

They don't call 'em diggers... (Below threshold)

They don't call 'em diggers for nothing.






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