Sunday, February 7, 2010
A Dog Named Sabi
Sabi's job was to find these bomb things that are called IEDs, which is short for "improvised explosive devices." These IEDs are very dangerous because they are hidden in the road and other places where you might be driving or walking around, and then when they explode, they can kill a bunch of soldiers or at least hurt them really bad. So dogs, with their superior sense of smell, can find these IEDs before anybody gets blown up by them, which is a very good thing.
After that, a retired Lieutenant Colonel named George Hulse, who is the president of the Australian Defense Force Trackers and War Dogs Association, said that he was really glad that Sabi had been found because he had pretty much given up hope that she would be. Also he said that Sabi was "an exceptionally good worker, very gritty dog and has found improvised explosive devices and she's saved quite a few lives in her work."
People said that we would never know what had happened to Sabi while she was MIA, but that somebody had taken care of her because she was in pretty good condition. They told everybody that Sabi would be quarantined for a while to make sure she didn't have any nasty diseases, and then she would go back to Australia, where she could retire and chase tennis balls all the time.
Then the Australians captured Mr. Hamdullah's father and offered to trade him for Sabi. But he didn't think that was a fair trade. Then later on, Mr. Hamdullah's father got released anyway, but the Taliban guys still kept Sabi. Finally, though, Mr. Hamdullah got tired of having Sabi around, so he sent somebody to the American base (because it was closer than the Australian one) to say that he would return Sabi for $10,000.
First the Americans asked for proof that Sabi was still alive, which she was, and the Taliban had photos to show that. Then the Americans said they would pay money to get Sabi back, but they only gave them a little bit of money instead of $10,000. So Mr. Mullah Hamdullah looked silly, and the people in his village laughed at him.
Anyway, that is the real story of what happened to Sabi, the brave war dog who ended up being a prisoner of war for 14 months. By now she is probably back home in Australia, where she can eat lots of yummy kangaroo meat, and she won't ever have to sniff out bombs again.