What makes a combat dog a good partner for police and soldiers is that they are willing to put their lives on the line, even risking themselves just for the safety of their human partners on the mission. Certain breeds of dogs are naturally equipped for this dangerous job, yet they are not that perfect, just like us, humans. They get hurt and physically disabled as well, but they sure are worth our applause and salutes.
This story we have here for you features an eight-year-old military German shepherd who, once again, risked her life to save the people he vowed to protect. Lucca was on a mission with Cpl. Juan Rodriguez, in Helmand Province. They were the leaders of the Special Forces patrol, where Lucca, unfortunately, got blasted off by a second bomb after alerting the others about the first bomb in the area. As reported by ABC News, Lucca even attempted to save Rodriguez also though she herself was already severely injured.
Lucca got treatment from the Army veterinarians after the unfortunate incident. Her leg was removed, but luckily, she was able to recover from her injury within ten days of treatment. Sgt. Chris Willingham, Lucca’s dog trainer for years, commended the dog’s high spirit even after her leg had to be removed.
Four years after the incident, Lucca got awarded and honored by the Dickin Medal. This is the highest honor for an animal in the military service and can be likened to the United Kingdom’s Victoria Cross animal equivalent. Lucca got the said award in a ceremony near Buckingham Palace. It was to honor her successful missions totaling 400, for protecting the troops’ lives, all in her six years in the service. The organization even added that there was no casualty on her patrols.
These dogs are worth commending and being regarded as modern-day heroes. They never hesitate to save anyone whom they think is in grave danger, even if it means risking their only lives. If you have the same experience of any breed of a dog saving you, share it with us, and let’s make them a star!