‘Goodbye my brother’: A Marine’s loving sendoff for the cancer-stricken dog who saved him

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Marine veteran Jeff DeYoung carries Cena, a 10-year-old black lab who was a military service dog, aboard a decommissioned Navy vessel in Muskegon, Mich., where he was put down on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. (Joel Bissell /Muskegon Chronicle via Associated Press)

 

The evening sky was thick with dark gray clouds.

There were three volleys of rifle fire. Then silence. A bugler sounded the lonely notes to “Taps.”

As friends and fellow patriots saluted, Jeff DeYoung carried his best friend Cena, a hardened Marine combat veteran like his owner, past the crowd of well-wishers as they boarded a decommissioned Navy ship in Muskegon, Mich. It was there on Wednesday where the black lab, lame with bone cancer, was euthanized.

He was 10.

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One thought on “‘Goodbye my brother’: A Marine’s loving sendoff for the cancer-stricken dog who saved him

  1. Feels too familiar- we put 16 year old Gina down on June 9. There is a large empty place in our house.

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