When Australian servicemen and servicewomen have gone to war they have often been accompanied by man’s best friend.
Military Working Dog 426 – known lovingly to his handlers as “Aussie” – was once such dog.
An Explosive Detection Dog in the Australian Army, Aussie deployed to Afghanistan multiple times, one of hundreds of dogs that have served alongside Australian troops during times of war.
Aussie’s ashes were interred at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra earlier this month as part of the installation of a memorial sculpture for military working dogs which will be dedicated at an official ceremony in February 2020.
“Aussie was an extremely energetic, dedicated dog,” said his handler, Sergeant Alistair Le Lievre.
“I haven’t seen a dog like him in army; his drive to work was uncharacteristic because it was that high, and for me, he was a very unique dog.”