The World’s Most Highly Decorated Military Dog Passed Away. His Handler’s Tribute to Him? Unforgettable.

Dave has a special place in his heart for dogs, but there is one dog above all others who was much more than a friend to this soldier. Treo was a military dog who, together with his handler Dave, searched for explosives in Afghanistan, passed away in October 2015. Treo and Dave saved countless lives, and the brave dog was awarded the Dickin Medal, the highest award given to animals. The two heroes retired, but when Dave lost his best friend, he was devastated.

The soldier came up with an amazing way to pay homage to his friend. He had a tattoo made from a mixture of ink and Treo’s ashes. The tattoo features the dog’s paw print and reads:


“I will lay down my life for you and expect nothing but love in return.

I protect my Dad with my life and would gladly take a bullet in his place.

I find weapons and bombs. I am the first sent in and sometimes the last to leave.

I am the nose and ears of my Dad. I protect and serve him.

I would die for him and for you.

I only ask for compassion and a kind word.”


Rest In Peace, Treo. Thank you for your service, your courage, and your loyalty.

Photo from SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity