Meet the dog that saved the World Cup

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Meet the Dog That Saved the World Cup

The World Cup final is coming up this weekend, and fans are excited to see who will bring home the gold -- but in 1966, FIFA thought that the trophy was lost forever.

Meet the dog that saved the World Cup
World Cup Finals, 1966, England, London, 1st April, 1966, Pickles, the dog that found the Jules Rimet World Cup trophy on March 27th, after it had been stolen, is pictured wearing a medal which was presented to him as a reward by Lt, Col Roosemanlcocq (Photo by Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Getty Images)
World Cup Finals, 1966, England, London, 28th March, 1966, Pickles, the dog that found the Jules Rimet World Cup trophy on March 27th after it had been stolen from an exhibiton, is pictured with his family, the Corbetts, in whose garden he found the trophy (Photo by Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 03: The Jules Rimet trophy was stolen on 20 March 1966 from an exhibition display in Central Hall in Westminster, London. It was found on 27 March, wrapped in newspaper, by a dog called Pickles. The 1966 World Cup football championship was won by England who beat Germany 4-2 in the final. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 28: David Corbett smiles as he shows the spot where his dog 'Pickles' found the Jules Rimet Cup 28 March 1966 in a garden in suburban London. The trophy, bearing the name of the French president of the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and given to the captain of the winning soccer team at the end of each World Cup, had been stolen by an unemployed docker during an exhibit. After its recovery, it was kept in a safe place and presented by Queen Elizabeth to English captain Bobby Moore 11 July 1966 at Wembley stadium in London after England defeated Germany 4-2 in extra time to earn its first World title. (Photo credit should read STAFF/AFP/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 04: The Jules Rimet trophy was stolen on 20 March 1966 from an exhibition display in Central Hall in Westminster, London. It was found on 27 March, wrapped in newspaper, by a dog called Pickles. The 1966 World Cup football championship was won by England who beat Germany 4-2 in the final. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 28: The Jules Rimet Cup found by a dog named 'Pickles', 28 March 1966 in a garden in suburban London, is shown to journalists by two Scotland Yard police officers. The trophy, bearing the name of the French president of the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and given to the captain of the winning soccer team at the end of each World Cup, had been stolen by an unemployed docker during an exhibit. After its recovery, it was kept in a safe place and presented by Queen Elizabeth to English captain Bobby Moore 11 July 1966 at Wembley stadium in London after England defeated Germany 4-2 in extra time to earn its first World title. (Photo credit should read STAFF/AFP/Getty Images)
28th March 1966: David Corbett with his dog, Pickles, who found the World Cup in his back garden after it was stolen before the World Cup in England eight days earlier. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
28th March 1966: Jeanne Corbett with Pickles, the dog that found the stolen Jules Rimet World Cup trophy when out for a walk with owner David Corbett in Norwood, south London, shortly before the World Cup in England. (Photo by Reg Speller/Fox Photos/Getty Images)
Pickles, the dog who found the stolen World Cup trophy, is offered a part in the comedy film 'The Spy with a Cold Nose', 29th March 1966. With him are (left to right) actor Eric Sykes (1923 - 2012), Pickles' owner David Corbett, screenwriter Ray Galton, Pickles' owner Jean Corbett and screenwriter Alan Simpson. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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While on display at the Methodist Central Hall in Westminster, a thief managed to slip past over a dozen guards and steal it.

Thank goodness for man's best friend, though. A scruffy looking Collie Mix named Pickles came to the rescue.

While on an ordinary walk with his owner, Pickles discovered an extraordinary package wrapped in newspaper under a car. When he began sniffing and pawing at the parcel, his owner opened it and found none other than the missing World Cup trophy.

As it turns out, the thief just happened to have ditched the trophy right near Pickles' house.

Besides being honored by FIFA at the 1966 games, the dog starred in a feature film called 'The Spy with the Cold Nose,' appeared on numerous TV shows, and was named 'Dog of the Year.'

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