Dog retired by US Defence Dept after 68yrs of service
After nine years, or 68 dog years, of serving the U.S. Department of Defence, a dog identified as Jony, serving with the 20th Security Forces Squadron has retired.
Confirming the development in a statement, Pentagon said Jony was forced to retire due to a compressed disc in his spine, and has been permanently put under the care of its handler, Air Force Staff Sergeant Anthony Despins, who met Jony as his first canine partner in 2012.
“Together, the two used their individual skill sets to make a formidable team, eventually becoming certified as an explosives detection and patrol unit to keep people around the world safe and their fellow airmen out of harm’s way,” Pentagon said.
Pentagon quoted Despins as saying that “Jony was really excited, always happy to see people and very energetic. “Even back then, Jony knew what was expected of him and how to do his job.
“Jony’s performance during his initial training determined what certifications he received; military working dogs can receive narcotics and explosives credentials as well as certification as a patrol dog.
“All their physical traits: their sight, their hearing, their nose, their speed, their teeth, dogs bring so much to the table – things we can’t do and the equipment we’re provided can’t do.
“Although the physical traits are necessary for success, it takes more than just advanced senses for a dog to pass initial training.
“They must be able to listen to commands. If they can’t do that they’ll automatically be disqualified. Some dogs just don’t have the drive.”