Now more than ever, you are needed to donate your old blankets, towels, and sheets to your local animal shelter. With financial cut-backs, repairs on shelters are often put off, so if it's drafty, the animals suffer. I know my shelter uses rags to stuff under doors. No kidding! Empty out those closets... this is your chance to get rid of stuff and do something useful!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

British Soldier and His K9 Companion Make Last Journey Together

via the British press:

God bless these two. My condolences go to Lance Corporal Tasker's family.
Lance Corporal Liam Tasker's body and the ashes of springer spaniel Theo will be flown to RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire from Afghanistan.

L/Cpl Tasker, from the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, was shot on March 1 while the pair were on patrol in Helmand province. Theo died of a seizure shortly afterwards.The pair were described by colleagues as inseparable and "made for each other."

Record-breaking Theo had been praised by the MoD for making 14 finds of hidden bombs and weapons caches in just five months.
The 22-month-old dog, on his first tour of duty in Afghanistan, had uncovered so many improvised explosive devices (IEDs) that his time in the country was extended by a month.

L/Cpl Tasker died from injuries he suffered in a firefight with the Taliban, while Theo died after returning to the main British military base, Camp Bastion. L/Cpl Tasker was said to have a "natural empathy with dogs" and was described as a "rising star" within the Dog Training Group.