Kyle Smith, a sergeant in the United States Air Force, adopted his faithful canine partner Bodza in 2014 following the dog’s retirement.
After four tours overseas, a diagnosis of degenerative myelopathy and one final Big Mac from McDonalds, Bodza was put down in what viral photos show was a heartbreaking farewell.
A fitting tribute for any loyal soldier, Bodza can be seen layered underneath an American flag, with his owner tearfully hunched over the body of the German Shepherd. Smith said the decision to put down his best friend was the hardest decision to ever come his way.
“I hugged him and told him that I loved him a lot, ‘I’m gonna miss you’,” Smith said. “He was as much a part of the Air Force as me. I couldn’t have done the mission I did without him there.”
Smith became more growingly concerned with Bodza’s health when he noticed the dog could no longer make the jump up to the bed of his truck. Checkups with the veterinarian eventually revealed Bodza’s worsening degenerative myelopathy. Smith made the ultimately gut-wrenching decision to ease the 11 year-old’s pain.
In one last treat to his loyal friend, Smith drove Bodza to McDonalds to grub on a tasty Big Mac. Smith said, “He didn’t leave a crumb.”
The following news broadcast video features an interview with Smith.
H/T: The Mirror
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