A Salute To Canine Veterans

Here in Tampa, it's pretty easy to keep the contributions and sacrifices made by our men and women in the armed forces in the forefront of our minds, because we are pumping gas and getting groceries next to these brave in-uniform individuals on a daily basis.  Because it's the very least I can do, when I have occasion to, I always make a point to offer them my sincere thanks for their part in keeping our country safe.  I just wish I had the opportunity to extend the same thanks to the brave dogs who work alongside them. 

But three of these brave pups are getting much more than that - a well-deserved retirement.  (And in one instance, a new pink collar!) 

This is Senior Airman Brandon Denton and his 10 year old German Shepherd, Conny, before the recent retirement ceremony at MacDill Air Force Base.  Airman Denton and Conny served in both Afghanistan and Iraq, and Conny will now enjoy a life of retirement with  her long-time handler.  

Photo credit:  Kathleen Flynn / Tampa Bay Times 

For the full story, go HERE:  MacDill retires three military working dogs 

And thank you to Airman Denton and Conny for your brave and selfless service to our country.


Beth | Daily Dog Tag said...

That's great that Conny will enjoy her retirement with someone she already knows, loves and trusts! I'm happy for both of them.

brandi said...

Mommy knew someone who retired from the armed forces and his dog. A beautiful German Shepard, this lady patrolled their home at night, protected his children, and sat at attention when the retired serviceman played his guitar. She apparently liked "the Beatles" songs and would bark and raise her paw after every one of those songs.

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Very nice post. We salute all those wonderful dogs who do so much to help our military men and women.

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The Island Cats said...

What a great post!

houndstooth said...

Aww! What a great post! They both look pretty darned happy!

Katie Isabella said...

Oh how mom and I love the news in this post. XOXOX