German shepherds are often used by the military to help sniff out bombs and other lethal weapons. Dogs also help the disabled by retrieving items; they help guide the blind and work with the police and in airports. Kyle Smith and his 11-year-old dog, Bodza had worked together in the U.S. Airforce. The two had been together since 2012.
Bodza worked as an explosive detection dog where he saved the lives of people by locating bombs in places like Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, and Kuwait. He’d been a working dog since 2006. Bodza and Smith clicked immediately after they met and started working as a team. The two even spent over 180 days on a security mission in Kyrgyzstan.
“I loved working with him because he taught me a lot — patience as a young handler, and how to understand that this job isn’t just about you,” the man told The Dodo.
“He followed me around everywhere… and [told] me good night, every night.”
They spent the next few years working in harmony and bonding. But it wasn’t all work and no play for the team as Smith explains: Bodza was a goofy and gentle dog.
“We had horse stables directly beside our obedience yard, and when [the horses] were out, no obedience was going to be done. He’d run the fence line continuously.
“He liked to bark at his own shadow, so I’d always mess with him that way – make my hand a shadow on the ground and move it,” Smith said. “I guess he thought it was a rabbit.”
When the day came for Bodza to retire, Smith didn’t think twice about adopting him. “I took him home the same day.
“He was even more loyal at home,” Smith said. “He followed me around everywhere. He would lay his head down flush on the bed and tell me good night, every night.” Open Next Page Below To See More