War Hero Pays Tribute To Bomb-Hunting Dog With A Tattoo!

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A war hero and military veteran has paid tribute to his bomb-hunting dog with tattoo, a tattoo containing the dogs ashes!

Corporal Dave Heyhoe, 46, served in Afghanistan and proudly fought for his country although he didn't do it alone! He was accompanied by his specially trained black Labrador Treo. Heyhoe joined the British military in 1986 and worked with Treo in the Veterinary Corps from 2005 after Treo's previous owners gave the dog away due to its bad behavior.

In 2008 while serving in Afghanistan Treo sniffed out rigged explosive devices and Taliban booby traps, in the process saving dozens of lives. For his actions Treo was awarded the Dickin Medal, the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross. After he retired in 2010, father of three, Heyhoe was given Treo as a pet.

Treo and Heyhoe
Treo and Heyhoe

Sadly back in October Treo passed away aged 14. To commemorate his brave friend and pet Heyhoe decided to get a tattoo to commemorate Treo...although it isn't your normal tattoo!

After visiting tattoo artist Paul Cutler Heyhoe settled on the commemorative design and decided to make the tattoo that little bit more special by having some of Treo's ashes mixed in with the ink! The finished tattoo includes Treo's paw print, Dickin Medal number, and a poem.

“People might think it’s strange but Treo was like my son. We saw deaths, explosions, you name it. Having Treo with me made it all more bearable.”
“People might think it’s strange but Treo was like my son. We saw deaths, explosions, you name it. Having Treo with me made it all more bearable.”

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Heyhoe's tattoo may seem a little odd to some but no one can take away its meaning or symbolism and the retired solider will forever carry Treo with him.

Heyhoe Will Always Carry Treo With Him!
Heyhoe Will Always Carry Treo With Him!

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