You likely have never heard of Bodza, but you should know about his service, and the service of his fellow four-legged heroes. But, I warn you to have a box of Kleenex close by
On the Military’s roster, the Air Force K9 German Shepherd was simply known as “MPC Diesel N008”. But to Kyle Smith, a Military Patrol dog handler who was stationed in Kyrgyzstan during the country’s cold winter season; his man’s-best-friend had a name, “Bodza”.
The K9 had been sniffing out IEDs in Iraq and Kuwait since 2006. Where as Mr. Smith was a new handler who took on the war-hardened dog in 2012.
“I loved working with him because he taught me patience as a young handler, and how to understand that this job isn’t just about you”.
After years of Service it was Bodza’s time to retire. He would need a new owner and Kyle did miss the opportunity.
“I took him home the same day”.
Last summer Bodza was diagnosed with Degenerative Myelopathy. It would slowly breakdown his spinal cord…and the disease was incurable.
“I was holding Bodza as he passed”. Kyle slowly took his last look on his friend. For some reason that moment wasn’t sad; he was overwhelmed with the feeling that his ol’ friend looked happy.
“He had a smile on his face when he was getting put to sleep”.
Go read the whole story at Barn-O-Rama, and then, if you own a dog, go hug them