Military Dog With Terminal Cancer Gets Hero’s Farewell From Local Community

There are many reasons why humans consider dogs to be their best friends. In addition to unconditional love and affection shown by these animals, canines are also willing to sacrifice their lives in order to protect their owners.

This level of loyalty and commitment is not exhibited by other pets. In fact, there are no other species that have developed such a close bond. The relationship between canines and humans is truly unique and special. Every dog owner understands this deep connection and the impact that it can have on a person’s life.

RIP to Cena, who served 3 tours as a bomb dog in Afghanistan.

Suffering from cancer, he got one last ride in a Wrangler.

(by @Bissell2300pic.twitter.com/BFRV0DCmXG— Mike Mulholland (@mulho2mj) July 27, 2017

Dogs who work in the military develop an even closer bond with their human counterparts. These canines are trained alongside soldiers to solve a variety of problems. One military dog recently passed away. In commemoration of his service, a ceremony was held for a dog named Cena. He served alongside the US Marines in Afghanistan, USA Today reported. 

The reason for the ceremony was very tragic. Cena had to be put down after being diagnosed with bone cancer. This illness was terminal and was causing the poor dog excruciating pain. Although the decision wasn’t taken lightly, Cena’s handlers felt that it was the best decision given the unfortunate circumstances.

Marine Cpl. Jeff DeYoung parted from his former military dog partner, Cena, without saying goodbye in 2010. Now, thanks…

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Cena was a black labrador who worked as a bomb sniffer for three years in Afghanistan. After retiring from the military, Cena started to work as a service dog for Corporal Jeff DeYoung. The duo started working together overseas during deployment. After experiencing the war side-by-side, Cena continued to help DeYoung transition into his new life.

My heart is hurting for the loss of this young Marine’s best buddy. Rest in peace hero, Cena! You deserved this honor laden funeral.— Patricia Peterman (@Patricia_Peterm) July 29, 2017

Hundreds of people were in attendance at the tear-jerking ceremony. Before being euthanized, Cena was paraded in a box draped in the American flag. He was also given a final ride in a Jeep Wrangler. Animal lovers around the world praised the community for offering Cena such an emotional farewell service.

Comments regarding the service are testaments to how meaningful a canine can be to the life of a human. Although dogs have been serving alongside the armed forces for decades, they weren’t publicly recognized until after World War II.

Nowadays, canines in the military and police forces are given an equal level of respect and admiration for their bravery and dedication. Military dogs play an incredibly important role in many different aspects of the armed forces.

There is no other animal that shows humans more loyalty and affection. All dogs should be treated as kindly as Cena. He was a true hero. What do you think of Cena’s fairwell? Have you ever done something similar for your own pets? Let us know in the comments – and make sure to pass this along to your friends and family!

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