Here’s Why This Injured Military Dog With A Purple Heart Stole Everyone’s Heart
A touching photograph of an injured military dog wearing his Purple Heart took the Internet by storm and the pooch’s handler Specialist Andrew Brown shared with the world the heartwarming story about Rocky and himself.
Brown and Rocky, who have been working together for more than two years, were both hurt in Afghanistan when an improvised explosive device went off while they were searching a compound with Special Operations Forces. Following the explosion, the two of them were flown to Kandahar, Afghanistan, where they were both honored with Purple Hearts, Brown told ABC News.
And now the pooch, whose picture was posted on the official Facebook page of Fort Hood’s 89th Military Police Brigade, has become quite an online sensation with more than 150,000 shares on the social media platform. The entire state is proud of Rocky, praising him for his bravery and contribution to the U.S. Of course, everyone is hoping that the dog will have a speedy recovery and get back on all four paws in no time.
The brigade soon posted another photo of Rocky, but he was not alone this time. The image showed both the dog and his handler in a hospital room in Germany and said, “They are both very thankful for your thoughts and prayers and are in the process of heading back home.’’
The post also said that Brown had, in fact, arrived at Walter Reed Army Medical Center Hospital in Washington where he was finally reunited with his family. He is currently feeling fine, but will have to undergo a number of tests for traumatic brain injury, which is a routine procedure for soldiers who were injured by explosions.
Rocky, on the other hand, remains in Germany, where he will stay until he recovers. The pooch, who suffered shrapnel wounds and a broken leg, now awaits more surgery. However, Brown is certain that Rocky “has high spirits like I do” and that they will soon be together.
Brown’s wife Kayla took to Facebook to thank everyone for their unconditional support, adding that it’s unknown if either Brown or Rocky will be deemed for duty again. Unbelievably happy that they are both fine, Kayla said that there’s still a long road of recovery ahead for them and concluded they will need all the prayers they can get.