LIFE

Female Soldier Goes Home Without Canine Partner, But Finally Sees Him Again 11 Months Later

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

In times of war and conflict, those who share similar experiences may form bonds. Soldiers away from home stick together not just because they have to, but because they rely on one another for survival and emotional support.

These bonds don’t only form between people, though — they also develop between humans and the animals who keep them safe.

In just a year, Sgt. Amanda Cubbing and a bomb-sniffing German shepherd named Rick became the closest friends.

“Rick is my partner, friend, brother, and son,” she said. “He was there for my happiest days in Korea and the saddest days that I ever had there.”

Amanda and Rick did more than 30 explosives sweeps together, but were separated for the past 11 months. Now, the brave dog is 7-years-old and is retiring from active duty. 

That means that he was able to go back where be belongs: by Amanda’s side, at home. For the first time in a year, the two saw one another again. This time, they’ll stay in one another’s company for good. After years of service, he can go home!

Amanda is relieved he’s back with her, and is also thankful to all those who made this priceless moment possible. Rick isn’t just an American hero, he’s also a member of her family.

Please SHARE if you’re glad this sweet pup is finally getting the retirement he deserves!

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