Not every hero wears a mask. Some have wagging tails and are coated in fur. Military K9 Kuno went beyond and beyond the call of duty, putting his own life on the line to save the lives of soldiers. With a brace and a prosthetic leg, the 4-year-old Belgian Malinois is now retired, but he has never felt more alive.
Kuno went beyond and beyond the call of duty, and his efforts were not ignored. Kuno has been awarded the Dickin Medal, the highest decoration in the British military, after surviving lengthy medical procedures. For his hard work and commitment, he deserves it more than anyone else.
Kuno’s Sacrifice is a story about a boy named Kuno who makes a Kuno completed several good missions, but his final one would live in infamy. During a raid on an al-Qaeda base, he backed up British forces. However, the soldiers were quickly surrounded by heavily armed forces wielding machine guns and grenades. When Kuno realized his humans were trapped, he did the only thing he could to save them.
“Pinned down by an insurgent’s grenade and machine-gun fire, the attack force was unable to advance without suffering casualties. Kuno charged through a hail of bullets to take out the gunman, breaking the deadlock and redirecting the assault, allowing the task to be accomplished successfully,” wrote Maj. Sherrain Reber.
Kuno was able to save his side’s soldiers, but he was severely injured in the process. His hind legs were riddled with bullet wounds. As a result, he was rushed to the United States Army Veterinary Treatment Facility for immediate medical attention. They were able to save his life, but one of his rear paws had to be amputated in the process.
Kuno now wears a brace on one of his hind legs and a prosthetic arm on the other. He was the first Military Working Dog in the United Kingdom to receive a custom-fitted prosthetic leg. After his injuries, he retired as well, but he has since been adopted by a caring family. He now has the opportunity to live a dog’s everyday life, which includes constant love and playtime.
Kuno was also awarded the Dickin Medal by the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals for his courage (PDSA). Since the award’s inception in 1943, he is the 72nd animal to receive it. 35 dogs, 32 WW2 messenger pigeons, four horses, and one cat are among the other receivers.
“I am ecstatic that Kuno will be honored with the PDSA Dickin Medal. It is a testament to his training, unwavering courage, and commitment to duty that he certainly saved lives that day,” British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said. “I am very proud of the part our military working dogs perform in both domestic and international operations. The tale of Kuno reminds us of the extent to which these animals would go to ensure our safety.”
Kuno, I congratulate you! His dedication, sacrifice, and courage will be remembered forever. Hopefully, he’s having a wonderful time in retirement with his family. He has earned it, after all.