War hero the service dog becomes Navy SEAL family? An unlikely four-footed hero became the best friend of a retired Navy SEAL named Will Chesney.
They officially met back in 2008 when Cairo became part of the newest SEAL canine program designed to help save soldiers’ lives during battle. Little did Will know that the dog will be instrumental in saving him both on and of the battlefield.
Hero The Service Dog Builds Bond With Family
Will and Cairo forged an exceptional bond in the next couple of years as part of the military. Cairo became well trained and very reliable when on active duty while also charming as a family dog. He knows when to adjust as he only wears his vest for work and becomes playful only upon removal.
Chesney recalled the time when his trusted partner got shot in a mission back in 2009. He felt devastated but had no choice but to continue their mission fighting armed insurgents. Chesney finally got to the dog, and Chesney carried him to safety where a medic attended to fix him, ultimately saving his life. He felt happy as his dog teammate made it as he knew a lot of dogs do not survive a bullet wound like that.
Military Dog Gets Re-deployed
Nobody expected Cairo to get re-deployed after the incident, but he was back in action with Chesney in 2011. They were part of the two dozen specialized teams tasked in bringing down Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan, known as Operation Neptune Spear. The President honored the heroism of the military service dog upon their return to their homeland.
Will Chesney went on a mission one more time back in 2013, but this time without Cairo. He suffered a grenade blast that caused him to suffer a brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. Since then, he regularly suffered from crippling migraines, chronic pain, and depression.
Chesney resorted to modern medicine to help manage the pain, but it only provided temporary relief. The only true comfort he gets is around Cairo, so he visits him often. When the dog officially retired from service, he immediately filed for his adoption. Cairo became instrumental not only in his healing but also became a source of inspiration for him to write his book about their adventures.
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