Not all heroes are humans; some of them have tails, four legs, and fur. The military dog, Kuno, risked his very life and charged into gunfire to save some of his human comrades. And for his bravery, he will always be remembered.
Now, the 4-year-old hero is retired with a brace and prosthetic limb. But despite the injuries he sustained, he is livelier than ever! Kuno underwent surgery after his heroic deeds. After that, he was awarded the highest honor in the British military: the Dickin Medal.
And honestly, the brave dog deserved it, and though we may have given you the overview of what he had done, his tale still needs to be told. In his time of service, Kuno had many missions, but his last one was the most memorable of all missions.
The four-legged soldier provided support to British troops during a raid against an al-Qaeda compound. But even with the support, the British soldiers got surrounded by the al-Qaeda troops armed with machine guns and grenades.
Knowing his fellow soldiers’ situation, Kuno did not hesitate to charge through gunfire to tackle the gunman, forcing the al-Qaeda soldiers to focus on him. And with that distraction, the British troops were able to complete the mission.
Because of his efforts, the soldiers were not only saved but also able to complete their mission. But that came with a cost, and he did suffer multiple injuries during his assault. He had many gunshot wounds on his hind legs.
He was rushed to the U.S. Army Veterinary Treatment Facility to get treated immediately. Though the doctors saved his life, sadly, they have to amputate one of his rear paws.
They awarded Kuno with a prosthetic limb, and the other hind leg has a brace. He was the first U.K. Military Working Dog to be fitted with a custom prosthetic limb.
Because of his bravery, Kuno was awarded the Dickin Medal by the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals. He is the 72nd animal to earn the award since its creation in 1943.
The dog is now retired and lives a very normal life with his family.
Photo Credit to PDSA