Theo

Pet type: Dog

Breed: Spaniel (English Springer)

Born: 2009

Died: 1 Mar 2011

Owner: The late Lance Corporal Liam Tasker


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Theo, a springer spaniel cross and a record-breaking explosive detecting dog in Afghanistan, died of a seizure hours after seeing his handler killed.

Theo was 22 months old and had made 14 finds of weapons and explosives in the first five months of his first tour of duty.

Everyone says he was devoted to his handler Lance Corporal Liam Tasker from Scotland who was 26 years old.

Lance Corporal Tasker was part of the 1st Military Working Dog Regiment and he was on a routine patrol with Theo on March 1, 2011, when they came under fire and the soldier was killed.

Theo was taken back to base at Camp Bastion where he suffered a seizure and died the same day.

British Forces News wrote about Lance Corporal Tasker and Theo just a couple of weeks before they died - saying that Theo had broken the record for the number of finds.

Theo became the sixth British military dog to die in action in either Afghanistan or Iraq since 2001.

In the Ministry of Defence obituary for Lance Corporal Tasker, published on their website, Lance Corporal Natasha Mooney, RAVC, said: "Liam Tasker was a larger than life character and will be sorely missed. He was an outstanding dog trainer and an even better handler. Theo truly was man's best friend and they rest in peace together."

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Pet type: Dog

Breed: Spaniel (English Springer)

Born: 2009

Died: 1 Mar 2011

Owner: The late Lance Corporal Liam Tasker


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Pet type: Dog

Breed: Spaniel (English Springer)

Born: 2009

Died: 1 Mar 2011

Owner: The late Lance Corporal Liam Tasker


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Pet type: Dog

Breed: Spaniel (English Springer)

Born: 2009

Died: 1 Mar 2011

Owner: The late Lance Corporal Liam Tasker


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