The poignant picture of an Airforce staff sergeant hugging his military working dog after the dog was euthanized has gone viral, especially since the dog was draped in the American flag.
Sergeant Kyle Smith, who served four military tours with his 11-year-old German Shepherd Bodza, cradled Bodza in an American flag his superiors allowed him to drape over the dog. Smith told WSOC, "I hugged him and told him that I loved him a lot . . . He was as much a part of the Air Force as me. I couldn't have done the mission I did without him there." Smith told Inside Edition, “I held him in my arms the entire time. I’ve never cried that much my entire life.”
Smith noted wistfully that he bought the dog, who had been diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy, a Big Mac for the dog’s final meal. He added, “He didn’t leave a crumb."