Dog Lovers Pay Respects to Fallen Soldier and His Dog

Written by: Eric Rickstad

Soldier and Dog

Corporal Liam Tasker trains with his Military Working Dog, Theo
Photo from Ministry of Defence

This is a touching video and story about the love of dogs and the love of country.

Dog lovers brought their pets in tow as they lined the streets of Wootton Bassett yesterday to pay their respects to an Army dog handler and his Springer spaniel who died in Afghanistan.

Hundreds of mourners lined the main street through the Wiltshire town to honour Lance Corporal Liam Tasker, of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, who was shot while on patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan on March 1.

The crowds were swelled by family pets and a dozen police and Prison Service dogs at the repatriation ceremony for the 26-year-old soldier, whose dog Theo died from a seizure three hours after his master was killed.

L/Cpl Tasker’s family said they believe the dog died from a broken heart.

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