People say that there is frequently an incredible bond between humans and animals.
That is true.
There is, I submit, no greater bond between animal and human but when service dogs are involved because life and death — for both — is the bottom line.
Soldier Lays Flag Over Military Dog After He’s Put Down
A heartbreaking photo shows the moment a U.S. airman said goodbye to his best friend, his 11-year-old military working dog.
According to Inside Edition, the 11-year-old German shepherd, Bodza, had to be put down last week due to health problems.
His owner, Air Force service member Kyle Smith, draped Old Glory over Bodza after he comforted the pup in his final moments.
“I held him in my arms the entire time. I’ve never cried that much my entire life,” said Smith.
Bodza served alongside Smith on his 2012 deployment to Kyrgyzstan. Smith’s superiors surprised him with the adoption papers a few years later when Bodza retired from service.
Please watch the video but, however, be prepared to be monumentally moved.
Animals embolden, inform and enrich our lives. But like fellow soldiers in foxholes, service dogs embody and enforce the unwritten rule that the fight is not necessarily for greater good but, instead, due to the unshakable bond between individual warriors.
This goes both ways as well. No one can forget moving photographs or videos of dogs laying prostrate for their military handlers who were killed in combat.
God bless America.
As a friend of mine says, it is past due time for America to bless God.