Memorial Day was this week in the United States, which is a day to honor all of our veterans. Here at Pet360, it was also a day to reflect on our canine veteran heroes as well.
Over at Dogster, they wrote asking for votes for Lucca for the American Humane Association Hero Dog Award.
Pet360 wrote about the Lucca earlier this year.
He lost a leg in an explosion in Afghanistan. Not one single soldier was lost on Lucca’s watch. Lucca is also an example of how the military has changed. Military dogs were once considered “equipment” and they were typically killed once their service ended. Today, many are finding homes in retirement with their handlers or others interested in adopting them. Lucca retired last May with his first handler, Gunnery Sergeant Christopher Willingham.
What has Lucca been up to for the last year? According to his Facebook page, it looks like he has transitioned into civilian life just fine, going for walks with his family, hamming it up for the camera and yes, being honored at events such as riding on the Canines with Courage float in the Rose Day Parade on New Year’s Day.
According to the website, “The American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™ were created in 2010 to celebrate the remarkable bond between dogs and people. This annual national competition searches out and recognizes America’s Hero Dogs, who unconditionally avail themselves to us in so many important ways, whether it’s saving lives on the battlefield, lending sight or hearing to a human companion, providing therapeutic support to children suffering from cancer, or just greeting us with a wagging tail at the end of a hard day.”
Lucca gave a leg during his service; we think it is a great idea for him to receive The American Humane Association Hero Dog Award.
It only takes a moment to vote.
Editor’s Note: Photo of Lucca wearing doggles in the desert from Lucca’s Facebook page.
Do you think military dogs should be treated as heroes?