An Air Force sergeant from Gastonia, N.C., who served for four deployments with his bomb-sniffing K-9 Bodza and later adopted him as a pet, gave the dog a hero’s sendoff that’s making the internet tear up.
Staff Sgt. Kyle Smith’s canine comrade-in-arms and pet was euthanized Thursday after the dog’s condition deteriorated in recent months.
According to WSOC-TV, Bodza had been sick and in pain for the past few months.
“I hugged him and told him I loved him a lot. I’m going to miss you,” Sgt. Smith said. “He was just goofy. He liked running around and just being a dog.”
“I wouldn’t be able to do a mission I did with him or his previous handlers without him there,” he added. “He was as much a part of the Air Force as me.”
Before the final goodbye, Sgt. Smith treated Bodza to a Big Mac that he says was devoured in full.
“He got a Big Mac. By the way, he didn’t leave a crumb,” he said.
The moving photo of Sgt. Smith hugging his canine draped in the American flag is a perfect illustration of their relationship and shows how important these creatures are in solving some of the world’s worst problems.
Raise a glass to this dog for a job well done.