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  • DFS Crufts 2010 Friends For Life - Dave & Treo

  • Vote for Sergeant Dave Heyhoe and TREO - Call 0844 646 02 02*

    Treo is an eight-year-old Labrador who has been an AES (Arms Explosive Dog) since he was two. He is trained to search weapons and explosives his mission is to search in operational theatres such as Afghanistan. Treo had completed operational tasks before, but during March 2008 was deployed to the notorious Helmand Province to search for weapons and munitions concealed by the Taliban.

    In mid-August 2008, in Sangin, Treo located a daisy chain improvised explosive device that had been carefully concealed at the side of a path where soldiers were about to pass. Had he not located the device, the passing infantry soldiers would have certainly suffered casualties because the device was booby trapped to go off as they passed.

    On 3 and 4 September 2008, Treo once again located an IED, saving 7 Platoon, The Royal Irish Regiment, from guaranteed casualties. Again in lead position, the dog successfully identified the device and saved the lives of soldiers and civilians alike.

    He has made an outstanding contribution to the armys efforts in Afghanistan, saving lives and inspiring confidence and morale in the soldiers around him.

    On 24 February 2010, in a special ceremony held at the Imperial War Museum, London, Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra presented a Dickin Medal recognised worldwide as the animals Victoria Cross to Treo, a military working dog.

    * Calls cost 5p from a BT landline. Calls from other networks may vary and calls from mobiles will cost considerably more. Voting closes at 19.30 on 14 March.

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  • DFS Crufts 2010 Friends For Life - Jess & Jody

  • Vote for Jess Thomas and JODY - Call 0844 646 02 05*

    A couple of years ago Jess was a patient at Birmingham Children's Hospital. She was seriously ill and the nurses were starting to worry, because she stopped fighting her illness. She was very sad and nothing could get her to smile.

    A member of the hospital team contacted Pets As Therapy and asked if it might be possible for a registered PAT dog to visit Jess and see if it would make a difference by bringing some cheer back into her life. It was arranged and Dexter was taken in to meet her. It was the first time the nurses had seen her smile in a long time, and this was the first step on a long road to recovery.

    Earlier in 2009, Jess again become very seriously ill with respiratory failure - she very nearly died. What spurred her on was an idea she had to help the charity that had helped her turn her life around. On her recovery, Jess decided she wanted to do something special to hilight the value of PAT dogs to people, so she took part in a tandem skydive in October 2009.

    Jess and Jody continue to work together bringing the benefits that Jess received in hospital to many other children.

    * Calls cost 5p from a BT landline. Calls from other networks may vary and calls from mobiles will cost considerably more. Voting closes at 19.30 on 14 March.

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