Galva, Illinois – Freddie, the 14 year old golden retriever who served four tours of duty oversees was laid to rest yesterday.
Freddie was a former show dog from England who served three tours of duty under the British Army before spending a year in Afghanistan with owner owner Ryan Anderson in 2009 with the U.S Army.
Freddie was a bomb sniffing dog who often went ahead of the soldiers to lead the way through the mine-infested streets. Freddie was one of the older K9 soldiers, but Anderson said you wouldn’t know it because he had so much drive.
There is currently no assistance for dogs released or retired from military service, financial or otherwise, and it is up to the dog’s owner to pay for any treatment or healthcare. Anderson says he is sure Freddie…
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