Why these moving pictures of a soldier and his dog are going viral
Army Spc. Andrew Brown and his military dog, Rocky, were injured in Afghanistan last week, but now it looks like they’re recovering together at Walter Reed military hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. The 89th Military Police Brigade posted photos of the soldier and his canine companion in their hospital bed to their Facebook page, and it’s a sobering reminder of those who risk their lives everyday.
The first post was a photo of Rocky nestled under a blanket decorated with American flags and his head resting on a pillow, but it’s the purple heart medal pinned to Rocky’s collar that really gets us. The picture is captioned, “One of our Military Working Dogs, Rocky, and his handler were injured this week during operations in Afghanistan. Rocky and his handler are staying in the same room right now as they are receiving treatment for their injuries. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they recover during the holiday season.”
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They followed the post with a photo of Rocky and Spc. Brown hanging out together in their room, and you can just tell by the looks on their faces how much they care about one another.
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According to the caption on the second photo, both Spc. Brown and Rocky are in the process of healing and will soon be heading home. The 89th Military Police Brigade asks, “Please remember them, as well as all our Soldiers deployed around the world, during the holiday season.” We certainly will. And we won’t be the only ones. Rocky and Spc. Brown have touched the hearts of a lot of people in the handful of days since the photos hit social media. The picture of Rocky has been shared over 130,000 times on Facebook. Here’s hoping all the prayers and positive thoughts being sent their way will help the healing process.
We salute you, Spc. Brown and Rocky, and we wish you both a safe and happy holiday season here at home.
[Image via Facebook.]