Vroom - Service Dogs
During his long and successful military career, highly-trained search dog VROOM has helped save countless lives and been an invaluable team member and support for UK soldiers deployed overseas. He has been nominated by 1st Military Working Dogs – the British army animal unit which provides trained dogs and handlers to support troops deployed to Afghanistan – for his incredible skill and commitment to his role.
Major Wes Quigley MBE, an officer in command of the Canine Training Squadron, says: “In 2010, Military Working Dog (MWD) VROOM commenced his military career as a High Assurance Search Dog (HASD) at 1st MWD Regiment. He was trained to work in the harshest environments looking for the most dangerous of devices and associated materials. He quickly deployed to Afghanistan where he and his handler worked with the Royal Engineers in the counter-IED Task Force.
“The nature of the conditions and items that VROOM was asked to find put him and his handler directly into harm’s way on an almost daily basis. He provided essential lifesaving services, searching and finding countless homemade devices buried deep in the ground. Such was his ability to search that he spent a total of three years on operations. There were periods of respite for VROOM, but he spent more time in theatre than many soldiers will do in their entire military careers.
“He finally left Afghanistan for good at the end of 2014 – the work he conducted undoubtedly saved the lives of the UK Military and Coalition Forces.
“After leaving Afghanistan, he spent several years in Germany. His role was to train and be remained at high readiness within 1st MWD Regiment. In 2018, VROOM was assigned to the Defence Animal Training Regiment (DATR). An older – albeit highly-driven – dog, VROOM still believes himself to be a pup at heart! Now in the twilight of his career, he is helping inexperienced Royal Army Veterinary Corps handlers develop confidence and gain proficiency in order to maintain this vital capability – high-level search assurance is still required within the British Army.
“The DATR is where VROOM’s career will now come to an end. His retirement is overdue, and we hope to find this exceptional canine a forever home to see out the rest of his days in peace.”
If you think VROOM’s hard work means he deserves to win the Service Dogs category, putting him in the running for the title of Autarky Hardest Working Dog 2020, then make sure you cast your vote when voting goes live on February 17th, 2020.