Soldier saves bomb dog from death sentence

Soldier Angie McDonnell has saved the life of a bomb-hunting dog that she served alongside in Afghanistan.

While posted at Camp Bastion, Ms McDonnell worked with Vidar, who sniffed out a haul of enemy weapons and saved the lives of British soldiers on a number of occasions.

However, the four-year-old Belgian Malinois faced being put down after he was diagnosed with post-traumatic strew disorder following his two tours abroad.

After hearing the news, army medic Ms McDonnell made it her mission to adopt Vidar and bring him back to her home in South Wales. “He saved my life so it’s only fair that I did what I could to save his,” she said.

She continued: “The dogs out there are heroes and I knew from the first moment I saw him that he was a one-in-a-million. He looked like he needed a cuddle so I went into his kennel and rubbed his belly.

Vidar is now enjoying a happy retirement at Ms McDonnell’s home in Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan.





Megan the drugs dog gets ready for retirement


Megan with handler Steve Martin

After a few months away we’re back with a wonderful story about Megan the drugs dog.

Megan, an eight-year-old Springer Spaniel, has made her 100th drugs discovery this week, just ahead of her retirement.

Across her seven year career, Megan has managed to sniff out 220kg (485lb) of cocaine worth £30million, making her the most successful drug detection dog ever.

Megan work’s work handler Steve Martin, 29, at Gatwick Airport, but on her days off she lives in relative luxury at a secret location with a group of drugs dogs. Security is taken particularly seriously after the FBI discovered a drug dog’s name on a drug baron hitless in South America.

Around Gatwick, Megan has become somewhat of a celebrity. Steve said: “People are always recognising her. I just drive her around now and let her get on with the job. People say I’m just her driver.”

But as their partnership draws to a close, Steve admits that their last day at work may be emotional.

He said: “To see her be so successful, to go after seven years, it’s going to be a bit upsetting. She has done me proud.”