Czechs honor army dog for Afghanistan service

AP News
Posted: Jan 07, 2014 3:00 PM
Czechs honor army dog for Afghanistan service

PRAGUE (AP) — Like many military victims of a Taliban attack in Afghanistan, Athos was treated by American doctors in the field, flown to the U.S. Ramstein base in Germany for his recovery, then awarded for his bravery back home.

But Athos is a bomb-sniffing German shepherd who was helping Czech forces in Afghanistan, not a soldier, and during a ceremony honoring him on Tuesday, he received a buffalo bone and a leather collar.

The 4-year-old dog was seriously wounded in a rocket attack on a military base in Logar province on Sept. 30, 2012.

During the ceremony at a military dog center in Chotyne, Czech Republic, Defense Minister Vlastimil Picek called Athos "a soldier's irreplaceable friend."

If Athos passes his medical checkup in January, he may be put back through basic training.