Labrador Retriever Awarded Britain's Highest Military Honor

Treo, a nine-year old Black Labrador Retriever who served in the British Army, was awarded the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross. He's repeatedly saved the lives of his comrades in Afghanistan:

Now he is being rewarded with the Dickin Medal - the animal equivalent of a Victoria Cross - the highest accolade for a military animal.[...]

Treo is the 63rd animal to receive the Dickin Medal - introduced in 1943 to honor the work of animals in war - and the 27th dog to receive the honor.

Since its introduction it has also been presented to 32 World War II messenger pigeons, three horses and one cat.


That one cat was Able Seacat Simon of the Royal Navy.

Link via The Corner | Photo: AP

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Lea: Don't get me wrong. The dog has done amazing, wonderful things and deserves to be rewarded. And while I don't think the dog is terribly interested in medals, I guarantee he enjoyed the attention and love that came with it.
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The Award, like most such things, is really for the benefit of those giving it, and those watching. Nothing wrong with that, but I do hope that it came with a dog treat and a good scritch.
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