The United Kingdom has given Treo, an 8-year-old black Labrador, the highest military honor an animal can receive—the Dicken Medal. Treo earned the recognition for twice detecting improvised explosive devices while serving in Afghanistan.
The founder of an animal health organization established the Dicken Medal in 1943. It has now been awarded to 27 dogs, 32 messenger pigeons, three horses and one cat.
Treo is now retired and living as a family pet. He and his handler served together for five years.