You may recall back in November 2011, we wrote about RAF Police dog Buster’s retirement from service. Well, now there is a book telling his story; Buster, The Dog Who Saved a Thousand Lives.
Buster, now aged 13, has served five tours of duty – more than any other military dog and thousands of lives have been saved by this English Springer Spaniel.
He is a best friend in dog’s clothing. An RAF dog with his mossy feet firmly on the ground. A brave dog who has served his colleagues and his country with unstinting devotion. A dog in a million.
This is the story of the partnership of Buster and his handler, RAF Police Sergeant Will Barrow, told by Will himself, describing how each came to save the other’s life.
A relationship that produced some heroic feats in the dust and desert heat of Afghanistan – and beyond.
“With some dogs you share a boil in the bag breakfast and maybe a blanket on a cold desert floor. Some you wouldn’t leave in charge of your Grandma unless you wanted to find out just how fast the old girl could run. But, if you’re very, very lucky there will be the one dog you would lay down your life for – and for me that dog is Buster.”
As told to Isabel George.
Buster won the Crufts Friends for Life Award in 2012 and was also nominated for a prestigious Sun Military Award in 2009. Buster is the official lifetime mascot of the RAF Police. He retired a military hero in 2011.
Although military animals are not officially decorated, Buster proudly carries medals which represent his service in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.
“Brave Buster is a dog to write home about. This is a special book about a special dog.” (Paul O’Grady)
Amazon – Buster, The Dog Who Saved a Thousand Lives
To find out more about Buster’s story visit the RAF Police Association website