Hundreds of people gathered in Michigan to bid a sorrowful farewell to a US Navy dog that had battled illness and served in Afghanistan. A 10-year-old black Labrador named “Cena” offered his services to the Navy due to his highly developed sense of smell.
The Navy dog received a dignified send-off before being put to sleep on the USS LST 393 museum ship in Muskegon. It was then brought in a coffin draped in the American flag.
The canine, who was just informed that he had terminal bone cancer, spent his whole life in Afghanistan searching for bombs and other explosive devices until he retired in 2014.
Corporal Jeff DeYoung, who adopted the dog in 2014 after being partnered with him in 2009 and 2010 during a military deployment in Afghanistan, served as the host of Cena’s celebration. In order to assist DeYoung with his post-traumatic stress disorder, Cena later became his service dog.
Cena has been a part of my life as an adult. I learnt how to be responsible when I was 19 years old, I had Cena, and now that I’m 27, I have to say goodbye to one of the finest parts of my life.
DeYoung said that Cena helped him stay warm on chilly desert evenings, warned him of the Taliban’s approach, and consoled him after he lost seven companions in the span of three weeks.
DeYoung and Cena arrived wearing their formal uniforms. During an honorary tour, the four-legged veteran was escorted by more than 100 individuals, 30 Jeeps, and 30 motorbikes.
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