Unless you’re a veteran, there’s no way to understand the toll that serving the country takes, not just physically but also mentally. Especially for those who serve overseas in war zones, being in the military is a true act of heroism. One story tears at the heartstrings.
Retired Staff Sgt. Logie
For years, Sgt. Logie served in the Army. At one point, he was deployed to Afghanistan. There, he was assigned to a team that swept areas for dangerous explosives.
He’s introduced to Balto
As part of his duties, Logie was assigned a dog. But it wasn’t until his third pup that his life changed forever. In 2010, he was given a K9 by the name of Balto. This dog would be his partner in sweeping areas for explosives.
An immediate bond
Logie stated there was something special about Balto. The two weren’t just working partners but best friends. They formed an unbreakable bond.
Always side by side
Although a lot of people love their dogs, this was different. You see, Logie depended on Balto’s nose to identify potential danger. At the same time, Balto depended on Logie for his care.
A vital team member
Consistently, Balto used his powerful nose to find all kinds of dangers. He located guns, grenades, and various Improvised Explosive Devices, better known as IEDs. He was a trusted member of the entire group and everyone loved him.
As they had done many times before, Logie and Balto were searching a grape field. Suddenly, Balto puts his nose high in the air. He was onto something. Then, he bolted toward a nearby building with Logie right behind him.
That’s when Logie stepped on an IED. It ripped open the left side of his body, ruptured both eardrums, and left his legs severely damaged. The rest of his team ran to his aid and called for a medivac helicopter.
Logie later learned the path he and Balto were walking on was lined with primary IEDs, which are far more dangerous. It was his K9 that physically pulled the sergeant away. If it hadn’t been for Balto, Logie would’ve died.
Leaving his friend behind
As the helicopter took off, Logie looked out the window to see Balto staring at him. He knew that would be the last time he’d see his buddy. But then in 2014, this pup retired. After being flown to the US, Logie was reunited with Balto.
Enjoying life to the fullest
Over the next several years, Logie and Balto lived an amazing life. They hiked, swam, you name it and they did everything together. But then one day, it all changed. Balto had become paralyzed from the shoulders down. The veterinarian said there was no way to fix the problem.
For a while, Logie carried Balto outside so he could do his business. But he knew his friend no longer had a quality of life. That’s when he had to make the gut-wrenching decision to have him euthanized.
Balto is now gone but Logie’s heart is filled with love and his mind with memories of a K9 that saved his life. He’ll never forget the sacrifice his best friend made. To both Sgt. Logie, and Balto, thank you for your service.
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