Sergeant Pays Tribute to World’s Most Highly Decorated Military Dog

Meet Treo:

Treo was just a puppy when he was donated to the Army because of his general misbehavior and tendency to bite. His former owners hoped that the military would be good for him.

After months of training, Treo spent three years in Ireland where he practiced and perfected his new skills. Then the day came. He was deployed to Afghanistan as a bomb sniffing canine.

With his handler, Sergeant Dave Heyhoe, Treo successfully located multiple improvised explosive devices (IED) and saved countless military and civilian lives.

For all of his hard work and loyalty, Treo was awarded the Dickin Medal, the highest award given to animals. He had gone from misbehaved mutt to military hero!

After their time overseas, the pair retired in 2009. Treo lived happily with Heyhoe for 6 years before he passed away peacefully in October of 2015.

When Treo passed on, Heyhoe was devastated. But instead of wallowing, he came up with the most amazing way to pay tribute to his best friend and hero.

Heyhoe had a tattoo made from a mixture of ink and Treo’s ashes so that Treo may always be with him.

The tattoo features a replica of Treo’s paw print and reads:

“I will lay down my life for you and expect nothing but love in return.
I protect my Dad with my life and would gladly take a bullet in his place.
I find weapons and bombs. I am the first sent in and sometimes the last to leave.
I am the nose and ears of my Dad. I protect and serve him.
I would die for him and for you.
I only ask for compassion and a kind word.”

While Treo is no longer with us, his incredible spirit lives on. Treo, thank you for your service and your loyalty!

To read more about Treo’s incredible story, check out Dave Heyhoe’s book: It’s All About Treo: Life, Love and War with the World’s Bravest Dog.