Hero war dog Brin guest at Chaseley

Chaseley was visited by war hero dog Brin, (L-R) : Bill Dempsey ex military, Barbara Gasson canine concern Easbourne, Sally Baldwin Brin's owner, Christine Ellis Chaseley fundraiser, Katrina Davis resident with Brin
Chaseley was visited by war hero dog Brin, (L-R) : Bill Dempsey ex military, Barbara Gasson canine concern Easbourne, Sally Baldwin Brin's owner, Christine Ellis Chaseley fundraiser, Katrina Davis resident with Brin

A HERO dog was guest of honour at residential home for disabled people.

Brin recently returned from Afghanistan where he had been adopted by soldiers who he began following on patrols – proving particularly efficient at sniffing out roadside explosives.

Now though, safe in Blighty, Brin has retired to a more ceremonial role, visiting hospices and nursing homes – and getting plenty of strokes and cuddles along the way.

The Afghan hound shot to fame during a raid in Helmand Province. The troops he was with were airlifted to safety but Brin was captured by the Taliban.

His captors thought he was a trained member of the Army and a ransom was demanded for his safe return, but he was rescued by Afghan forces and after a fundraising campaign by Hailsham teacher Sally Baldwin, was brought to the UK for a safer life.

His first mission on Civvy Street, where he has become an ambassador for Canine Concern, was his recent visit to Chasely Home here in Eastbourne, where he went down a storm with staff and residents alike.

Brin, who has also recently received a commendation from the PDSA for animal bravery and devotion, seemed to enjoy the day.

A spokesman for Chasely Trust said, “He behaved very well.”