A sniffer dog lost in battle in Afghanistan 14 months ago has turned up safe and well and rejoined its Australian unit. Defence officials said Sabi the dog was recovered by a US soldier at an isolated patrol base. The dog returned to a celebrity welcome from visiting Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and US commander Gen Stanley McChrystal. The black labrador bitch was with a joint Australian-Afghan patrol that was ambushed in Uruzgan province in September 2008. Nine Australian soldiers, including Sabi's trainer, were wounded in the exchange. One of the army patrol injured in the attack where Sabi was lost was Trooper Mark Donaldson. He was awarded the Victoria Cross in January for rescuing a wounded interpreter under heavy machine gun fire during the ambush. "She's the last piece of the puzzle. It's a fantastic morale booster for the guys," he said when he heard of Sabi's return.