Skip to comments.Britt, military working dog, earns last rites befitting hero
Posted on 11/22/2008 11:28:20 AM PST by SandRat
Britt the bomb-sniffing dog, who served overseas in Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan, will get a funeral befitting a hero at Fort Huachuca. The ashes of the Army canine, recently put down due to neurological illness, will be interred behind the kennels that served as his home base as a military color guard looks on.
The 11-year-old German shepherd was euthanized on Sept. 11 and will be buried Dec. 3 at the Southern Arizona Army post.
Following tradition, taps will be played and a flag folded and presented to Sgt. Megan Hobson, Britt's last handler.
"We lost a fallen comrade," said Hobson, 24, a Utah native serving with the fort's 18th Military Police Detachment.
"He may have been a piece of Army equipment, but I loved that dog," said Hobson, who was with Britt when he died.
The German shepherd held the rank of staff sergeant military dogs always outrank their handlers by one stripe, to discourage ill treatment of a superior. He had several Army medals to his credit and had worked as an explosives detector dog since 1999.
Overseas, he took part in numerous missions that likely saved lives, officials said. On patrol in Iraq, he unearthed weapons caches and makeshift bombs, and even collared an insurgent by chasing him down.
Hobson, Britt's handler for three months, arranged for the canine to spend his final days in the Huachuca Mountains doing his favorite things.
"They let me have a couple days with him where he was just a dog, he didn't have to work," she recalled.
She bought him doggie delicacies sirloin steak with mashed potatoes from a Texas Roadhouse restaurant and they played fetch with his favorite squeaky toy.
Britt had a reputation for nipping people "love bites" as the handlers call them but Hobson, a rarity as a female handler, said she never saw that side of him. "I think he needed a woman in his life," she said.
Fort Huachuca spokeswoman Tanja Linton said the fanfare at an Army dog's funeral is not quite the same as honors rendered for a human.
Still, she said in a statement, the service aims to pay respects to "a different kind of soldier."
"Britt served his country with loyalty and distinction," she said.
What a handsome boy. What a sad and yet heartwarming story.
4-legged Military Brothers.
:) He led a good life, doing important work. I’ll bet he was very happy.
AW ... what a sweetheart!
Don’t give me a hard time ....
I believe they go to heaven too!
here is a pic of a working Malinois
I hate to see a good dog die.
Their lives are so short and they give themselves completely.
Rest peacefully, Faithful Servant.
Absolutely put me on the Woof-Woof list.
Thank you for posting that.
I have been blessed with many great dogs in my life, mostly Dobermans. I now have a 5 1/2 month old German line GSD. I have never met, nor had the pleasure of being in the presence of such loving greatness.
Although he’s still a pup, he’s quickly become my guardian angel, fishing partner and best friend. I look forward in growing old with this magnificent creature. Few things would tear my heart out more than to ever lose this guy.
At the risk of sounding overly melodramatic, every day I have been with Falco has been a little piece of heaven..... well, that is after I finally got him to understand that those boots on the floor are mine and not his crew toy, or girlfriend. ;>)
Well done, Staff Sergeant Britt. Now rest in peace.
So, why couldn’t they let him die his own death?
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