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Last Updated: Friday February 26 2010 19:49 GMT

Should animals get medals for bravery?

Treo with Sergeant David Heyhoe

It's not a bone that Treo the dog has got hold of but a medal instead!

The sniffer dog's been helping to find bombs in Afghanistan and has now been given an award for his bravery.

But what do you think about animals being given medals ?

Do you think, like humans, animals should be given awards for their bravery?

Or do you think that it's a silly idea?

Whatever you think, we want to know! You can have your say here!

Unfortunately this topic is now closed but there are Comments pages on other subjects on the main Chat index.

Your comments

"I think it's important to reward animals; but it's not like they know what a medal is. They should receive a special doggy treat or a toy they can actually play with or enjoy. It is a little silly though; that dog doesn't have a clue it's been awarded a medal."

Molly, 12, Ipswich, England

"We definitely think animals should get medals for bravery. We also think they should get a big doggie treat too!"

Primary Six, 10, Angus, Scotland

"The dog should get a medal because if you just give him a treat then he will it eat. A medal is proof, and something that can be shared with the owner as well."

Maddie, 9, London, England

"Animals should get medals but I think they should get a special treat too, because they may not know what a medal is for."

Morgan, 10, Wales

"If an animal can get a medal or a trophy for jumping through a hoop or over an obstacle, why shouldn't they get one for saving people's lives?"

Jade, 10, London, England

"Come on people! Don't you have a heart? I think yes animals should get medals because they care and would do anything for us! Thank you!"

Kate, 11, Manchester, England

"Dogs are lovely animals and they are your best mates. Heroes should be treated with respect and I think this dog should get respect."

Jade, 14, North Yorkshire, England

"Why do animals need medals? They don't even know what they are. I think this is totally weird."

Amaury, 10, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

"If a dog has done something heroic it should get a medal. Remember the saying, a dog is a man's best friend."

Khush, 11, Birmingham, England

"I think animals should get a medal and a bone."

Zac, 6, Surrey, England

"I think they deserve medals, however a medal wouldn't really make a dog happy. He should get something dogs like so he can enjoy it."

Amin, 12, Reading, England

"I don't see the point. It is a waste of materials as the dog has no idea what is going on. If anyone should get a medal, it should be the dog's trainer."

Peter, 13, London, England

"Dogs should get rewards. When we do something well, we get a reward."

Daniel, 10, West Lothian, Scotland

"I think that it's good that Treo got a medal because it proves animals can be heroes too."

Chloe, 10, Kent, England

"I think they deserve a reward!"

Lara, 10, London, England

"All military animals should get a medal for outstanding achievements, just like people. They save lives every day. They should also be given treats in case they don't understand the medal."

Daniel, 13, Alaska, USA

"I think animals are no different to humans and they should get medals."

Emma, 12, Fife, Scotland

"I think it sounds silly but they do still deserve medals."

Blair, 9, Falkirk, Scotland

"I think it's great that dogs get rewarded but shouldn't they get something they might enjoy more?"

Rowan, 12, Channel Islands, UK

"I think animals should get rewarded because then they'd know that they have done something good."

Bethany, 12, Middlesex, England

"Dogs who are extremely brave and courageous deserve medals."

Irfaan, 12, Leicester, England

"I can't believe people are considering not giving dogs bravery awards. If a dog has done a tremendously brave thing then they should get one."

Oliver, 13, Hampshire, England

"I think it's great that animals get bravery medals. I especially think animals that serve in war deserve them just as much as people."

Emily, 13, Nottingham, England

"I think its great that animals are awarded medals because they are doing the same as the soldiers - risking their lives with courage."

Adam, 11, Lancashire, England

"Dogs are just as special as humans and should be treated the same which includes getting a medal. Just think, where would we be without dogs?"

Robyn, 10, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

"Dogs should get medals because they don't know what they are doing, they just follow their master."

Ashleigh, 10, Birmingham, England

"I think animals should get medals as well as humans because they are brave too."

Zoe, 11, Kent, England

"Definitely! All that hard work and training, not to mention their constant devoted loyalty, deserves some kind of reward. A medal doesn't have to be made of an expensive metal as long as they and their trainers get some kind of acknowledgement!"

Adam, 7, Essex, England

"Animals are intelligent and brave. They have saved many lives and deserve medals as much as anyone else. Congrats Treo."

Jack, 13, South Yorkshire, England

"Animals are just as important as humans, they deserve everything that humans deserve."

Saffron, 10, West Sussex, England

"I don't understand why an animal should be given a medal when loads of hugs and cuddles is all a hero needs. The animal probably doesn't even know what's hanging around it's furry neck!"

Sally, 11, Southampton, England

"I think dogs in the army should definitely get medals as they are so brave risking their lives for others."

Philippa, 11, Surrey, England

"The dog won't know he's got a medal! The medal should go to the owner and why not give the dog a doggy treat instead."

Megan, 14, N.Ireland

"I think definitely yes. Anyone should be rewarded for bravery."

Lizzie, 11, London, England

"I think it's great that animals are recognised for bravery. They are amazing going into these dangerous situations without a choice."

Alice, 14, Worcestershire, England

"Animals should be given medals because it shows how important they are to us doing extraordinary things like finding bombs."

Charlotte, 12, England

"Animals should get medals for bravery. If humans are very brave they get medals so it should be the same for animals."

Ada, 11, London, England

"I think it's a really cool idea. I have two 45kg German Shepherd dogs who are scared of everything."

Tom, 8, Cheshire, England

"Animals should get a medal but only if they have done something amazing!"

Georgia, 11, Lancashire, England

"Animals should get awards for bravery, they work just as hard as us."

Sophie, 10, London, England

"I think dogs should get a medal for bravery."

Georgia, 11, Northamptonshire, England

"I thinks it's great that animals get medals. If the dog is saving lots of lives then I really don't see a problem with dogs getting a medal."

Lily, 12, Hampshire, England

"Of course they should be given medals because just as it is for humans, going to war must be quite distressing for them. The fact that they can find bombs under these conditions is amazing and they should be rewarded and remembered for it."

Barbara, 13, West Lothian, Scotland

"Dogs and other animals should get awards. Animals are just like humans."

Keira, 11, Liverpool, England

"I think all animals should get something for doing their part."

Danielle, 13, Wrexham, Wales

"I think animals should get medals for their bravery because soldiers do and the animal goes through the same situation."

Megan, 9, Neath, Wales

"What would a dog do with a medal? It should get something useful!"

Rachel, 10, Cheshire, England

"I think animals should win awards but their trainers and handlers should win them as well. The animals wouldn't have been able to do what they did without them."

Joseph, 11, Sheffield, England

"I think if the dog has done something extremely useful, like finding bombs for the army, then he should be rewarded."

Benjamin, 11, Brussels, Belgium

"I think a dog should get a medal if they have done something good."

Katie, 10, Somerset, England

"I think that animals should get a medal because they are better at some things than humans, like smelling or sensing danger."

Anna, 12, Reading, England

"They should get medals."

Joshua, 11, West Sussex, England

"I believe that the dog should get the medal. Treo saved people's lives. That's amazing!"

Jermain, 13, London, England

"I think that if a dog does an extremely brave thing then yes, it should get a medal, but not for small things. I think dogs in the army are brave and do deserve medals for extraordinary things."

Emilie, 13, Surry, England