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The Huntress vs. The Headline: “Top Dog Honours For War Hound Sarbi”

April 5, 2011

There’s smut all around in today’s top crap news headlines. The Herald Sun has “Bingle Dancing For Our Respect”, AdelaideNow dishes the dirt on “Sex Doll Likeness Disgusts Miley” and lascivious PerthNow readers are into “Nicole Trunfio Gets Naked For GQ”.

Yep, our press and their readers are quite happy in the gutter.

Today I have decided to dedicate my headline to my best friends, dogs. There have been a couple of lovely things in todays news about dogs and while I was trawling for todays headline I even had to go and rescue one of my dogs. Somehow she managed to get behind the dog-proof fence, into the herb garden, under the wooden shelves (which are about 20cm high – she is a Finnish Lapphund and had to flatten herself completely on the ground) right up the back. It was quite a rescue effort and I had a good laugh at her silliness.

I do ever so like dogs.

I couldn’t resist featuring this headline, such is my love of dogs. Sarbi, the explosives detection dog went missing during a clash between insurgants and the Australian Special Operations Task Group, in Afghanistan, in September 2008. Her task group believed she was still alive somewhere, but had to continue on without her. It was by chance in late October 2009 an American soldier found Sarbi in the care of an Afghan man – he thought the dog looked similar to ‘the Australian dog’ and got her microchip tested. Indeed it was Sarbi and after 6 months quarantine in Dubai she was returned to Australian shores.

The happy story doesn’t end there, with Sarbi being awarded the RSPCA’s Purple Cross, being only the second recipient of this prestegious award as an animal in war. The first went to the donkey’s of World War 1, including the famous Murphy, donkey of Simpson. A big congratulations to Sarbi for a well earned achievement!


The second happy dog item of the day is this footage of Ban, the Japanese tsunami dog, who was found after 3 weeks at sea floating on the wreckage of a roof. I thought the initial rescue was special, but to top that, Ban has been reunited with his owner. How can it get any better?

Is anyone else feeling a little bit warm and fuzzy about all of this?

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