It is not new to see military men being honored for their bravery and selflessness. But to see four-legged soldiers being honored for the same is a very heartwarming move by the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). This is the first time Indian security has decided to mint a special medal for canines and horses who accompany our army men in combat zone.
This concept is not new in the global arena. The PDSA Dickin Medal was instituted in 1943 in the United Kingdom by Maria Dickin to honor the work of animals in World War II. However, in India, ITBP has taken recognition of the exemplary work by canines and horses to the next level.
The initiative has been taken by Sino-India border guarding force ITBP which has instituted an ‘Animal Transport’ and a ‘K9’ (canine) medal and has chosen its workhorse ‘Thunderbolt’ and female dog ‘Sophia’ for the maiden decoration to be awarded to them during its forthcoming 55th anniversary celebrations.
This step by ITBP is an example of how important it is to be grateful for other beings who actually walk shoulder-to-shoulder with our army to the borders and never fail their loyalty for the nation.
We, Team WaggyTaggy, salute all the soldiers; humans and animals, who shed their blood and sweat for the country and who never fail to protect it even if it is for the cost of their lives.