Stray dog saves 2 British soldiers from bomb, up for Crufts award

Posted Mar 5, 2013 by Greta McClain
A nearly starved stray dog has a new home and is a finalist for an award at the prestigious Crufts Dog Show after saving two British soldiers stationed in Afghanistan from hidden bombs.
Brin  Sally Baldwin and Royal Artillery Captain  Mark Townsend
Brin, Sally Baldwin and Royal Artillery Captain, Mark Townsend
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Brin, a four-year-old Afghan Kuchi Tiger Mix, was adopted by a British Coldstream Guards unit after they found him abandoned and starving along a roadway near an abandoned base in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan in 2010. After finding Brin and continuing on patrol, Brin began barking, alerting two soldiers to a Improvised Explosive Device (IED) buried in the desert. Realizing he had a special talent, the unit began taking Brin on patrols.
Not long after saving the soldiers, Brin was captured by Taliban insurgents during a raid. He remained with his captors for about two weeks until he was found by Afghan Special Forces. However, the British unit was schedule to return home, meaning Brin would have to be euthanized.
Brin with members of the British army unit who adopted him in Afghanistan.
Brin with members of the British army unit who adopted him in Afghanistan.
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The unit mounted a campaign through Nowzad Dogs Charity, a rescue organization dedicated to saving abandoned animals in Afghanistan and Iraq. It was during that campaign 51-year-old school teacher, Sally Baldwin, learned of Brin. She told the Sussez Express:
“Brin has been through so much but this never stopped him being loyal, loving and brave. Despite being left starving and abandoned, he found new humans to love and saved the soldiers."
Being an avid animal lover, Baldwin wanted to help save Brin. She did not know why the Taliban did not shoot him, other than perhaps thinking he was special and valuable. Wanting to see for herself, Baldwin decided to sell her car to raise the more than £4,000 required to bring Brin to the UK.
Now living with Baldwin in Hailsham, East Sussex, Brin will be recognized at this year's Crufts Dog Show, one of five finalists for the Crufts 2013 Friends for Life Award.
On Sunday, March 10th, the final night of the Crufts Dog Show, the dog that received the most public votes will be presented with a trophy and a £1,500 check for their favorite charity during a special ceremony.
Brin at his new home in Great Britain.
Brin at his new home in Great Britain.
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Caroline Kisko, Secretary of the Kennel Club, told The Telegraph:
“The dogs nominated for this year’s Friends for Life competition help to remind us what it is that makes the relationship between dog and man so very special. Each and every one of the finalists has helped to change and save lives, and can teach us all a lesson about loyalty, companionship and bravery.”
Baldwin tells the Daily Mail:
'It beggars belief. The fact he has made it to the center stage of Crufts is phenomenal - it makes us smile every day. He is the voice of animals who have no voice in the theater of war. Very little thought is given to the suffering of the animals through no fault of their own. Brin being on that center stage is that voice."
If you would like to help dogs like Brin, you can donate to Nowzad Dogs here.