Brave Dog wins Medal:- Our Aussie War Hero Sarbi (Video Included)

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.


Wikipedia via isafmedia

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.


Wikipedia via isafmedia

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.

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11 Responses to Brave Dog wins Medal:- Our Aussie War Hero Sarbi (Video Included)

  1. gitwizard says:

    These animals do amazing work, not only on bomb seeking but also for finding people buried under collapsed buildings after earthquakes such as we have seen in Haiti, New Zealand and Japan.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi gitwizard,
      You are so right, we really would be lost without these wonderful dogs. I firmly believe that a lot more of these medals should be given out, there are a lot of brave dogs out there.

  2. travelrat says:

    Yes, you commented on this one in my post on ‘Maiwand Bobbie’ … another Afghan war hero dog, but 130 years earlier.

    Wonder what’s going to happen to him now? Honourable retirement and a comfortable, loving home, I hope … not being sent in harm’s way again.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi travelrat,
      Yes I remember commenting about Sarbi, here is the post that travelrat is talking about.
      http://travelrat.wordpress.com/2010/09/08/the-hero-of-maiwand/

      When I saw Sarbi again in the news, it did remind me of the comment that I made about her on your blog. 🙂 I think it is very fitting that she was awarded this medal, she would have to be the best known dog in OZ. Sarbi will be going into full retirement, and I’m sure she will be going to a very nice and loving home.

  3. gregoryno6 says:

    First time in months I listened to PM last night and they ran the story about Sarbi. For once they actually delivered me my eight cents’ worth.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi gregoryno6,
      I missed it on TV, I heard a bit about the award ceremony on the radio, it was really good of the schools to have the kids at the ceremony, I’m sure they would of all enjoyed it and of course they learn a bit more about our Troops as well. Needless to say Sarbi would of enjoyed all the attention.

  4. Barbara Rodgers says:

    Well done, Sarbi, and many thanks for your loyal and faithful service! A very heart-warming story.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Barbara,
      Loyal and faithful service is exactly right. Although we don’t know exactly where Sarbi has retired too, I have visions of her playing with her ball running around on some nice cool, green grass on a property somewhere, and I’m sure she is doing just that. 🙂

  5. dearrosie says:

    Nice to read a heartwarming doggie story with a happy ending! It seems as if Sarbi has 9 lives – an explosives dog in Afghanistan doesn’t have much chance of a long life.

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