Golden Retriever who served 4 tours of duty laid to rest

Galva, Illinois – Freddie, the 14 year old golden retriever who served four tours of duty oversees was laid to rest yesterday.

Ryan Anderson and Freddie

Ryan Anderson and Freddie

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.

Dog who served four tours of duty laid to rest (Video) – WQAD News

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 suffered from PTSD.

He had nightmares, like normal soldiers,” Anderson said.

Anderson tells WQAD in an interview

Many times in Afghanistan, it was just me and him, sleeping on a cot. Him keeping me warm. We slept in the same sleeping bag a lot of times. He’s always had my back, He’s my best friend, we toured together for 365 days,”

On Wednesday May 29, Ryan Anderson took Freddie to visit the vet one last time.  He had his back till the end.

It’s a day I’ve known that has always been coming for a while. He’s been getting worse and worse. We went to the vet last week and I couldn’t do it. But I’m going back to the vet today. He’s in a lot of pain. I’m going to have him cremated, and get him a veteran’s urn,”

Thank you Ryan Anderson and Freddie for your dedicated service.

Retired K9 Golden Retriever Bosco dies..

A retired K9 hero has crossed the Rainbow Bridge.  Bosco retired from The Polk County Sheriffs Office in Minnesota in 2009 and lived out his final years at his owner/handler’s home, Ret. Deputy David Emanuel. He was 11 years old.

Bosco joined the force in 2003 and served as a narcotics dog as well as a tracking/search dog.  He was a pillar in his community, often attending parades, school activities and demonstrations.

Thank you for your service Bosco.  You will be surely missed by the citizens of Polk County.