Indeed, Hansen remains grateful to this day for the protection that he received. Yet Hansen’s sidekick wasn’t exactly a fellow soldier. No, Taylor – nicknamed “Tay-Tay” – was serving her country on four legs, not two.
You see, Tay-Tay was a specially trained military dog – and one with excellent bomb-sniffing skills. Her job was to protect the unit from Taliban booby traps. In fact, Tay-Tay was sent to Afghanistan not once but twice, and she more than proved her capabilities as a service dog.
Hansen was her primary handler, working with her to find explosives and other threats to the unit. On one occasion, for example, she saved Hansen from a bomb that was just inches from where he stood.