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Army dog handler honoured with MBE

Monday, 3rd October 2011

Dog food treats may be in order for one military animal whose owner was recently awarded an MBE for saving "countless" lives finding roadside bombs in Afghanistan.

Sergeant Kaye Wilson joked that she would be sharing the honour with Obama, the two-and-a-half-year-old Belgian Shepherd Malinois with whom she searched for bombs in Helmand.

"It's a team effort. I feel very humbled," she said.

Sergeant Wilson spoke about her relationship with Obama, who is still serving in Afghanistan but may be returning soon.

"It's not a relationship where it's cuddled. It's a working dog and maintained as a working dog."

She also paid tribute to Lance Corporal Liam Tasker, who was awarded a posthumous Mention in Despatches after being killed in March.

L/Cpl Tasker's sniffer dog Theo also died hours after his master from a seizure.

Together they had found a record 14 bombs and weapons caches in the space of five months.