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This Soldier Stayed With His Dying Dog Until His Last Breath
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This Soldier Stayed With His Dying Dog Until His Last Breath

Kyle Smith and his dog Bodza, both members of the U.S. Air Force, had been through a lot together – so the man was there for his dying canine and stayed by his side until his very last breath. Bodza, the 11-year-old German shepherd, had worked as an explosive detection dog. He saved human lives by sniffing for bombs in countries like Iraq, Kyrgyzstan and Kuwait. The pooch started working with Smith in 2012, and the two clicked immediately. “I loved working with him because he taught me a lot — patience as a young handler, and how to understand that this job isn’t just about you,” the man told The Dodo. “He followed me around everywhere… and [told] me good night, every night.”

Then, in the summer of 2016 Bodza, was diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy, an incurable disease that affected his spinal cord. Smith could see Bodza was in pain, and chose to end his suffering.

“He had a smile on his face when he was getting put to sleep,” Smith said. “I was holding Bodza as he passed.” Smith’s nine co-workers were there to support him. They let the man break down and sob. “He was selfless — more than any human I’ve ever known… I miss him every day.”

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Kyle Smith and his dog Bodza, both members of the U.S. Air Force, had been through a lot together…

So the man was there for his dying canine and stayed by his side until his very last breath

Bodza, the 11-year-old German shepherd, had worked as an explosive detection dog

“I loved working with him because he taught me a lot — patience as a young handler…”

“And how to understand that this job isn’t just about you… He followed me around everywhere”

Then, in the summer of 2016, Bodza, was diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy, an incurable disease

Smith could see Bodza was in pain, and chose to end his suffering

“I was holding Bodza as he passed.” Smith’s nine co-workers were there to support him

“He was selfless — more than any human I’ve ever known… I miss him every day”

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Lin Larsson
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

*tries not to cry* *cries a lot* WHO'S CUTTING ONIONS

Eva
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Me... It's so painful when you have to let your pet go

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Melissa Nunya
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The picture of his coworkers around him 😢

Brad Adams
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Rest In Peace gorgeous Bodza. Good on Kyle and his coworkers to let down their guard to let the emotions flow. Bodza obviously meant a great deal to Kyle and I have no doubt that Kyle meant a lot to Bodza too ! :)

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Lin Larsson
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

*tries not to cry* *cries a lot* WHO'S CUTTING ONIONS

Eva
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Me... It's so painful when you have to let your pet go

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Melissa Nunya
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The picture of his coworkers around him 😢

Brad Adams
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Rest In Peace gorgeous Bodza. Good on Kyle and his coworkers to let down their guard to let the emotions flow. Bodza obviously meant a great deal to Kyle and I have no doubt that Kyle meant a lot to Bodza too ! :)

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