In life, they were inseparable. And in death, this brave man and his best friend are staying by each other’s side.
A record-breaking Army sniffer dog and his devoted handler will make their final journey home together next week.
Theo, a springer spaniel cross, suffered a fatal seizure shortly after his master, Lance Corporal Liam Tasker, was shot dead by the Taliban on Tuesday in early March in Afghanistan.
One of our readers, Tom Crane was touched enough by the event to write a poem about the tragedy and asked If it could appear on this site. Gladly my friend, Gladly!
Dear Liam and Theo,
We Weep For Thee.
Born of the chaos and misery of war,
You forged a bond that only death could part.
Yours was a love that can only be shared by a master and his dog and for those of us who understand, that love can only be joined by the heart.
The sacrifice that you made that others might live will, forevermore, be a part of life’s story.
We pray that you will both share in God’s eternal glory.
Rest ye well.
Poem copy written © March, 2011