Kuno is a Belgian Malinois who served in the British army. Last year, Kuno accompanied special forces on a night raid targeting al-Qaeda extremists in Afghanistan. Kuno saved the lives of his unit, but he was shot in both his back legs, leaving him severely injured.
Vets had to amputate part of one of his rear paws to prevent a life-threatening infection taking hold.
After returning to the UK on an RAF plane, he underwent extensive reconstructive surgery.
Just like injured soldiers, Kuno began a lengthy rehabilitation programme to restore function to his nerves and muscles, and is said to have particularly enjoyed his sessions on the hydrotherapy treadmill.
Within months, he was fitted with a custom-made prosthesis to replace his missing paw and an orthotic brace to help his injured limb.
Kuno, who was on his second deployment when he was injured, is the first UK military dog to be fitted with such devices, which allow him to run and jump unencumbered – giving him many more happy years in retirement.
The four-year-old dog will receive the Dickin Medal, the highest honor a military animal can receive, in a virtual ceremony in November. That’s a good dog. Read how Kuno put his life on the line against al-Qaeda at BBC News. -via Strange Company
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