Rocky, the bomb sniffing military dog,
has been saved from being put down by the same military that trained him.
The story of Rocky, the retired military dog gained widespread attention when it was reported that he was scheduled for death on August 24th unless rescued. It was reported that the on-base kennels at Camp Pendleton weren't equipped for Rocky’s needs and the care he deserves. It has also been reported that Rocky was suffering from life in the Camp Pendelton kennel.
He served three tours in Iraq between 2004 and 2007 as a patrol and explosives dog, and returned to the States after his last handler was killed in theater. Since then, he has not had a steady handler, but has continued to serve on base until March of this year. By that time, a degenerative condition rendered him unable to work and he was retired. Typically an ex-military K9 will be adopted by his handler, but Rocky has no handler to call his own.
As a bomb-sniffer, Rocky and his handler were responsible for one of the most hazardous tasks. Rocky's job was so dangerous, his Marine handler - an EOD specialist - was killed in action on their last tour. Rocky was sent home without his handler and best friend, further putting his future in question.
Thankfully the situation has been resolved and Rocky will get to live his life as the true hero that he is.
The Doggie Dish thanks you for your brave sacrifice Rocky!