‘He was part of the family’ – Tributes to Hampshire’s international rescue dog
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service has been paying tribute to ‘one of its own’, following the death of much-loved rescue dog Byron.
The 11 year old border collie was one of the most highly trained dogs in the world, and spent a decade searching for people at disaster sites.
He lived with handler Robin Furniss in Stockbridge, Hampshire, and had dealt with emergencies within the county as well as working on international disasters.
The experienced dog had been deployed to Japan to search for survivors after the tsunami hit in 2011 and had completed Urban Search and Rescue exercises in Germany and the Czech Republic.
Closer to home he had been called to collapsed buildings in London and even a gas explosion in Woolston.
On Twitter Mark Bradley said it was “sad news” while HFRS Prince’s Trust called the bombshell “heartbreaking”.
HCCaninePhotography added “he was a joy to photograph” and Hartley Wintney posted: “an amazing dog”.
Byron passed on some of his skills to another dog Robin also looks after named Shelley.
The courageous canine died last week in relation to a spinal injury he picked up in training as a puppy.
He astounded top vets at the time by making a recovery and returning to work after a programme of medication, physiotherapy and hydrotherapy.