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2003-Jun-01: Heather to Narrate the Dogs of Peace

The Sunday Times of Perth, Australia reports today that Heather Mills McCartney will narrate a documentary called Dogs of Peace which she will present at the McCartney's annual Adopt-a-Minefield charity gala which will be held in Los Angeles in September.  The 52 minute documentary focuses on the 200 dogs who are groomed from birth for the dangerous task of sniffing out the 10,000 landmines buried in the battlefields of Afghanistan.   During 18 months of training in a center outside of Kabul, the dogs are taught to identify the smell of explosives  thus enabling them to find the plastic mines hidden under the earth which mine detectors are incapable of locating.   Amazingly, only five of the dogs have been killed since the program was initiated in 1989. 

The documentary  was filmed in Afghanistan last year by South Perth's Storyteller Productions.  According to Mike Searle, the film's director and CEO of Storyteller Productions:
"Heather is an amazing woman and we are very pleased to be part of her battle against landmines.  It is an honor that she wants to use this program in September to raise money at the major fund-raising event at which she says there will be a large number of A-list celebrities.  I am really looking forward to going."

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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