Bob the 9-year-old Labrador retriever has earned his golden years of relaxation.
While he is obviously a good boi, his fellow service members also describe him as brave, loyal, and lovable. So when the military working dog finally retired from the Navy on April 24, his colleagues gave him a send-off worthy of the American hero he is!
In nearly six years of service, Bob has used his nose to save the lives of civilians, politicians, and military officials alike.
After training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, he worked alongside Marines before becoming a bomb-sniffing dog in Afghanistan. He later ended up at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia, where he spent the remainder of his career.
The brave pup had to retire this year because of hip and leg issues. Before he left the station for the last time, his coworkers paid tribute to his accomplishments with a beautiful ceremony.
After Bob was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, sailors lined up outside, creating a path as they saluted the four-legged hero.
“Though our Sailors are practicing physical distancing, it was important to honor the service of one of our Military Working Dogs,” the station wrote later.
Now Bob is entering a new chapter of his life with Senior Chief Petty Officer Mike Hausmann, a former handler who adopted him.
Instead of sniffing out explosives, Bob will spend his time playing with his new dog siblings, watching squirrels and ducks in his family’s backyard, and rolling around on his dad’s bed.
“He’s just a big, lovable goof,” Hausmann said. “I’m really happy to have him at home and part of our family.”
He might just be the best boi of all! Thank you for your service, Bob. You deserve all the treats and cuddles in the world!