HAILSHAM: Trusty Brin nominated for special hero award

Brin pictured during his time in Afghanistan
Brin pictured during his time in Afghanistan

A HEROIC hound who now lives in Hailsham has been recognised for his efforts in helping to save the lives of soldiers in Afghanistan.

Crossbreed Brin has made nominated for the Hero Dog award in the 2011 Dogs Trust awards.

The award is given in association with The Sun for acts of canine bravery.

His owner Sally Baldwin said, “Brin was a stray on the streets in Helmand Province and was adopted by soldiers serving there.

“He had been through two explosions so could recognise the smell of TNT and without training would sniff out IED bombs, keeping the soldiers safe.

“During a raid on one patrol he was captured by insurgents who thought he was a special sniffer dog.

“Thankfully he was rescued and returned to the British soldiers and in September 2010 Brin came to the UK with the assistance of the charity Nowzad Dogs.

“He finally finished his quarantine in March 2011 and is now a happy member of our family despite being an odd shape from all his war wounds.

“He is a true hero who saved lives and thoroughly deserves to be shortlisted for the Hero Dog award.”

Now in its fourth year, Dogs Trust Honours is the awards ceremony that celebrates the difference dogs make to our lives.

The judging panel includes celebrity dog lovers Martin Freeman, Graham Norton, Miranda Hart, Brian Sewell, Clare Balding and Nicky Campbell, who now have the difficult task of choosing the overall winners.