The headlines from last night’s game at Eastlands, where Manchester City defeated Wigan 3-0 with a 12 minute hat-trick from former United man Carlos Tevez, may have gone to the diminutive Argentine striker, but it was a black Labrador who stole the hearts and minds of the City faithful.
Manchester City’s bid for the fourth Champions League spot took a back seat at half time when Treo the Labrador, a lifelong City fan (apparently) was honoured by the club for his exploits in Afghanistan. Treo was recently given the animal version of the Victoria Cross for his life saving antics while patrolling in Helmand province. Treo would sniff out potential dangers in the shape of roadside bombs, left by the Taliban, to kill British troops.
Sgt Heyhoe, now retired from active duty as of today, commented:
We’re both City fans – I have City tattoos all over my body. It’s amazing to be here in front of the fans.
Normally, we watch the games together at home — and Treo follows the ball on the screen throughout the match.
With Treo, everything is ball-led. When he looks for explosives, he thinks he’s looking for his tennis ball and is always rewarded with a tennis ball afterwards. That’s how he was trained.
Sgt Heyhoe and his dog Treo originally hail from Wythenshawe, in South Manchester. In February they were given the Dickin Medal, the animal version of the Victoria Cross, by Princess Alexandra.