Andy Biggar’s Photography has brought him into contact with many great Labradors, animals and people. When I was at FotoCoach Italy, Andy told me many stories about Treo, a Labrador mix that was a bomb detection dog for the British Army. It was amazing to hear how this dog saved countless lives.
Stumbling Upon Something Great
Dave has written a book All About Treo which has been a best seller in the UK. I was in a local book shop and saw the book and did not know anything about Dave at all but I saw the photo of Treo and it attreacted me to the book and I bought it. I started to read the book and just knew this dog was one in a billion and I wanted to photograph him and then I discovered he now lives just a few miles up the road from me. I made contact through Facebook and I met Dave and Treo and his lovely family and an incredible friendship was born.
Meeting a Hero
When you are in the presence of Treo I cannot describe it, its truly magical you just know this is one very special dog. treo is a Lab/Spaniel cross but the only give away of his spaniel genes are his ears. Treo was Dave’s detection dog when he was serving in the British Army and Treo was awarded the Dickin Medal, the equivalent to the Victoria Cross for his bravery and the countless lives that he has saved. He is only one of only a few dogs to ever be awarded this medal. Treo was so good at his job of detecting landmines that whilst serving in Afghanistan the Taliban had a contract on Treo and both he and Dave were in constant danger serving on the very front line.
The book is one of the most incredible reads you will ever have, so real and written by a man so humble. I have photographed Treo twice and each time it has been a very emotional experience, he really is just incredible.