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Bomb-Sniffing Dog Dies, Possibly of Broken Heart, After His Handler and Friend is Killed in Taliban Firefight

Tasker and Theo, inseparable in life and in death (Photo: MoD/PA Wire)

On Tuesday, British Lance Corporal Liam Tasker died in a firefight with the Taliban in Afghanistan. Shortly after, his devoted 22-month-old bomb-sniffing dog, Theo, who was with him when he died, suffered a seizure and also died.

It’s not a big stretch to think the young, healthy springer spaniel cross could have died of a broken heart, as many are speculating.

The two had formed an incredibly strong bond during their time together. Tasker, 26, of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, 1st Military Working Dog Regiment, spent 15 weeks at a handlers’ course with Theo. They learned to work as a team and developed their deep bond. They then went to Afghanistan. In their five months there, they recovered 14 home-made bombs and huge numbers of other weapons. According to the Daily Mail, it was a record for a dog and his handler in the conflict.

They clearly had something special together. “I love my job and working together with Theo. He has a great character and never tires,” the Daily Mail reports Tasker as saying in an interview. “He can’t wait to get out and do his job and will stop at nothing.”

The two are credited with saving countless lives because of the finds they made as a team.

Tasker’s family issued a statement about Tasker. You can see why his dog would be so devoted: “There are three words that best describe Liam: larger than life. He lit up every room he walked into with his cheeky smile.

‘He died a hero doing a job he was immensely passionate about. We are so proud of him and everything he’s achieved. Words can’t describe how sorely he will be missed.”

With any luck, Tasker is going off into the next world with a dear, devoted dog who didn’t want to give up his rightful place at his best friend’s side…

By: Maria Goodavage

h/t to Dogster

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March 5, 2011 - Posted by | animal behavior, animals, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pet Friendship and Love, We Are All God's Creatures, Working and Military Dogs and Related | ,

2 Comments »

  1. indeed that is what happened. The heart of Jesus broke for us too,and that is what killed Jesus on the cross. All of us should stop war now,and stop breaking the heart of Jesus in our beloved best friends.l and the humans as well. Then we will save the most valuable thing we have,and that is our soul.

    Comment by artiewhitefox | March 5, 2011 | Reply

  2. indeed that is what happened. The heart of Jesus broke for us too,and that is what killed Jesus on the cross. All of us should stop war now,and stop breaking the heart of Jesus in our beloved best friends, and the humans as well. Then we will save the most valuable thing we have,and that is our soul.

    Comment by artiewhitefox | March 5, 2011 | Reply


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