Sarbi is a Black Labrador, and a genuine Aussie war hero. Her owner is in the Special Forces and whose name nobody knows for security reasons. But you could easily write a book about Sarbi’s life.
Sarbi’s is a explosives detection dog, and she with her handler was deployed to Afghanistan. During her second tour of Afghanistan, she was involved in a joint military operation with Australian, American and Afghan Troops, the vehicle convoy was ambushed, this was back in September 2008. A rocket exploded near Sarbi and she disappeared. Sarbi was officially declared MIA.
The Special Ops Team never stopped looking for Sarbi, during the time she was missing. I think it was about 14 months later that an American Soldier saw this black dog walking around with some locals, and it was widely known that the Aussies were looking for a missing black lab. After interacting with the black lab, the American Solider decided that this black dog was indeed a trained military dog. She was flown back to her Aussie Camp and it was confirmed yes it was Sarbi. This was widely known about here in OZ, it was in all the newspapers, and it was reported at the time that when Sarbi’s identity was confirmed, the Aussies thought it was not only amazing but incredible that she was found. Sarbi was in good health and obviously someone had been taking good care of her.
Not long after that it was decided that Sarbi would go into retirement, which meant she had to go into Quarantine before she could come back to Australia, she passed all the vets tests but it was confirmed that it would be better to have her quarantined for 6mths before she was allowed to be returned. There was a big uproar over this and many Aussies signed a petition to have Sarbi quarantined in OZ on her home soil. Unfortunately we didn’t win that appeal, but 6 mths later Sarbi was at last home.
Sarbi a Explosive Detection Dog for the Australian Army received RSPCA’s most prestigious animal bravery award, the Purple Cross, at a ceremony at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. Sarbi with Corporal Adam Exelby is not Sarbi’s handler he is an instructor at the School of Military Engineering in Sydney. Picture: Kym Smith Source: The Daily Telegraph
Sarbi was the centre of attention at a ceremony at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, which was attended by some of the military’s top brass, as well as one hundred primary school children.
Read the full story in The Daily Telegraph.