We’ll just go ahead an apologize in advance. This is one of those stories that’s going to get you. Get the tissues ready because the tears are coming.
Kyle Smith, a soldier in the United States Air Force, had to say goodbye to military partner Bodza – an 11-year-old German Shepherd Smith adopted in 2014. Sadly, Bodza had to be euthanized last week due to degenerative myelopathy.
When honors are rendered for the fallen of the United States military, an American flag is placed over the coffin. Arriving quickly after hearing that Smith’s longtime friend was being put down, his superior officer asked the veterinarian for a favor. And so, they found a flag for Bodza.
Smith and Bodza served together during a 2012 deployment to Kyrgyzstan. Calling his partner a “gentle giant”, Smith says,”The worst thing you can do is not recognize these dogs for what they are.”
For more on the adoption of America’s heroic military service dogs, go here.