The saying “A dog is a man’s best friend” is true. Dogs and men have shared centuries of companionship. A dog’s most recognizable feature is its loyalty. This is a trait that makes the dog so popular. Dogs will never leave your side and stick with you through thick and thin. A dog does not care for social status, gender or race. For a dog, you are you. If you’re sick you’re still you. If you’re healthy he wants to be with you.
Many people believe that a home is not a home without a dog. Dogs are not only used for companionship purposes. Many corporations employ dogs for things like illegal substance detection. We can find these types of dogs in places like our borders and airports. All service dogs go through a very strict selection process. They must pass several tests for them to be accepted in the corporation.
These dogs are crucial in keeping our borders and airports safe. They possess a very keen sense of smell that allows them to detect smells that we are unable to. In the case of drugs, it doesn’t matter what shape or form the drug is. If the drug is there, they will find it. Contrary to what many people may think, these dogs don’t spend their whole life working there.
To ensure that the dogs provide the best detection service, they are routinely tested. The dogs serve a short number of years only. After them, they are retired. After their retirement, they are usually adopted by one of the officers who served with them. They get to do things that dogs like to do, like running around and playing.
Our soldiers spend their days and nights in foreign countries fighting to protect our freedom. We do not always stop and think of how lonely they may be. The soldier in this story served a tour of duty in Kyrgyzstan. He then met the dog who would eventually become his best friend. They had a connection that will warm your heart. They were both deployed to the same country where they served. They became best friends.
When Bodza the dog was retired. Kyle, the soldier who had become his best friend happily adopted him. They spent several years together until Bodza got sick. Bodza developed a degenerative disease in his spinal cord. Kyle dedicated himself to spend as much time as he could with his buddy. The time came when he had to make the decision to put him to sleep to avoid the dog any more suffering. The vets could not do anything more for the dog. Kyle spent a few moments with him saying good bye before placing him on the vet’s table. You won’t believe what the Military did when they found out what Bodza and Kyle were going through.