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Dogs of War on and off the battlefield

Dogs - like Lucky, a 22-month -old border collie-blue heeler cross - do vital work supporting Australian soldiers... but not always where and how you'd expect.

Australian awards for bravery animals include the War Dog Operational Medal, the Canine Service Medal and the RSPCA Purple Cross. All three were awarded to Sarbi,a labrador who went missing in action in Afghanistan after a fierce battle against the Taliban in 2008 and was reunited with her handler 13 months later. Sarbi retired in Australia and died in March, aged 12.