A real 'feel good' story:
He spent five years patrolling alongside British troops in Afghanistan, surviving gun battles and explosions.
Tangye the labrador was bought from a local family as a puppy before being adopted by C Company, 3rd Battalion The Rifles, and becoming a popular companion for the soldiers, who called him 'fearless under fire'.
Now he is starting a new life in Britain after an astonishing public campaign to save him from the dangers of the frontline.
New life: Tangye in the kennels after being brought to the frontline
There had been concerns that he could be killed by a landmine or even targeted by Taliban snipers in an effort to lower British morale.
In January, a Facebook campaign was set up by Labrador Links Rescue, an online forum run by Natalie Pomroy, 39, from Essex.
The campaign quickly attracted more than 5,000 members and, with the help of a charity called Labrador Retriever Rescue Southern England and volunteers, raised the £5,000 needed to pay for the dog's safe passage to Britain.
LRRSE then teamed up with British charity Nowzad Dogs, which rescues war-afflicted animals in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Nowzad looked after Tangye in Afghanistan and arranged his transport once the funds were raised. LRRSE will now take care of him in the UK.
Such was Tangye's popularity that he became a mascot and source of morale for the men of C Company.
Lance Corporal Brent Meheux said: 'When the lads were under fire he would run up and down the line barking and wagging his tail. It was like he was shouting encouragement.'
On his way home: Tangye starts his journey from Kajaki in Helmand back to Britain after concerns he might step on a mine
A spokesman for 3rd Battalion added: 'He accompanied almost every patrol with the riflemen and had probably completed more patrols than even the most experienced soldier.'
But Jean Henman of LRRSE said: 'He would run ahead of them on patrols and they were getting worried he'd step on an improvised explosive device.
'The war was just a game to him. He's the kind of dog that would run and pick up your grenade if you threw it and bring it back to you.'
Tangye, who was named after a village near forward operating base Zeebrugge at Kajaki in Helmand Province, where he lived, left Kajaki by boat before being flown to Britain on Wednesday and transported to quarantine kennels.
He will spend six months there and if given the all-clear will then be found adoptive owners.