There’s few things that Americans love more than dogs and the military – which is why this story of a Marine dog receiving a high honor is going viral!
Watch the amazing story of Lucca the Marine dog below:
Here’s more from Fox News:
A heroic U.S. Marine Corps German shepherd that lost a leg sniffing out a roadside bomb in Afghanistan was awarded the world’s highest honor for service dogs during a special ceremony Tuesday.
Lucca, who served U.S. troops during more than 400 missions in Iraq and Afghanistan over a six-year span, received the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) Dickin Medal at the Wellington Barracks in London. She is the first Marine Corps dog to receive the medal, considered the top honor for war animals around the world.
Her handler, Gunnery Sgt. Christopher Willingham, told Sky News that it was an “incredible honor” to receive the award from the veterinary charity.
“It is very humbling to be part of this entire process,” he said. “I think more importantly is that Lucca’s accomplishments are going to help bring awareness and recognition to all our military working dogs and their handlers.”
There were no human casualties during Lucca’s bomb-sniffing patrols. Her career ended in March 2012 when she lost her leg and suffered chest burns from a bombing in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province.
Cpl. Juan Rodriguez, who was her handler at the time, stayed by her side throughout each step of Lucca’s recovery.
“The explosion was huge and I immediately feared the worst for Lucca,” he told The Telegraph. “I ran to her and saw her struggling to get up. I picked her up and ran to the shelter of a nearby tree line, applied a tourniquet to her injured leg and called the medics to collect us.”
Ten days later, after an operation, Lucca was up and walking again.
What an incredible dog, and a great story. Let’s hope Lucca recovers completely and lives a long, heroic life…