MIA Dog A-OK After Year in Afghanistan

Bomb-sniffer Sabi gone for a year after 2008 firefight
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 12, 2009 11:46 AM CST
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and US Gen. Stanley McChrystal pat explosive detection dog Sabi at Forward Operating Base Ripley in Tarin Kowt, Oruzgan Province, Afghanistan.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – An Australian military bomb-sniffing dog that went missing during a firefight in Afghanistan in September 2008 has been reunited with one of her trainers. An American soldier found Sabi wandering near a remote base last week and realized the black Lab wasn’t a stray when she responded to commands. “She’s the last piece of the puzzle,” says an Australian trooper wounded in the skirmish. “It’s a fantastic morale booster.”

“I nudged a tennis ball to her with my foot and she took it straight away,” one of Sabi’s trainers tells CNN of their recent reunion. “It's a game we used to play over and over again during her training. It’s amazing, just incredible, to have her back.” (Read more Australia stories.)