Stories about dogs who served the country always seem to touch our hearts. But this incredible dog will give you a decent dose of dog humor for today.
Mali is an 8-year-old Special Forces dog who became the 32nd dog to receive the PDSA Dickin Medal for bravery, which is known as the highest honor that an animal can receive for military service.
The brave Belgian Malinois and his handler Corporal Daniel Hatley stopped by the BBC Radio 4 to discuss the impressive award where an unlikely incident occurred.
The recipient thought his honorable award was a chew toy and treated it, respectively. The renowned radio shared the endearing photo of Mali’s handler, trying to drape the prestigious medal his neck. But the doggo grabbed the ribbon by his mouth and started to play with it, which reflects his playful character.
It is not the first award Mali has received; after his incredible work in sniffing out Taliban fighters in Afghanistan and explosive, he was bestowed upon the Dickin Award from the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA). Despite his injury, the spectacular dog continued to lead his team through three grenade blasts, aiming to navigate them safely.
Mali’s determination was the key to the 2012 Special Boat Service mission’s success. He secured a safe route for the Special Forces to reach a major enemy stronghold, which used as a hiding spot for members of a heavily armed militant group of suicide bombers.
Mali’s heroic actions saved the lives of his dear brothers in arms.
The director-general of the PDSA, Jan McLoughlin, said on the day Mali was honored:
“Mali has displayed a truly awesome ability and determination to seek out explosives and insurgents during a key operation. To achieve this while exposed to close combat and such intense enemy attack makes him an incredibly worthy recipient of the PDSA Dickin Medal.”
Mali was severely injured in his chest, ears, belly, and teeth, but he has remarkable resilience.
After he recovered, it was time to retire from active duty, and these days he works in the Royal Army Veterinary Corps (RAVC). Mali is now a training dog who helps future dog handlers to practice their skills during training.
The prestigious award is a continuation of a long award history that started back in 1943 as a way to honor the courage and determination of British animals during World War II.
Mali is the 69th animal whoever received the award for their service in the last 75 years. He is the 32nd canine among one cat, 32 pigeons, and four horses.