US Marine Jeff DeYoung created a bucket list for his bomb detection dog Cena. The Labrador became his service dog after a vet told him the dog had only a few week left to live.
The dog and the marine formed an unbreakable bond when they were paired in 2009 based on both their characteristics and were deployed to Afghanistan. In Afghanistan, their nicknames become “Kid and Chicken”. They were in charge of searching for IED’s (improvised explosive devices) and always walked in front of the units on patrol.
The dog was trained to detect more than 300 different types of explosives. “If he smelled something interesting on patrol he would lie down and notify me, and then I’d call in an explosives technician,” De Young told the BBC. As many veterans, De Young after the war started to suffer from PTSD (post-traumatic stress) and separation anxiety from being separated from the dog. Only after four years, they have reunited again when De Young agreed to adopt the Labrador.
Unfortunately last weeks the dog was diagnosed with bone cancer with a live expectant of only one week.
De Young is looking for a removable top Jeep Wrangler in the Muskegon Michigan area to borrow so they can enjoy their last ride together. A has been set up to cover the cost of the rent, along with the “awesome food that he can stuff his face into and gets to eat” and “a statue or a beautiful head stone that he deserves”.
De Young also hopes for a hand salute as Cena makes his way into the vet’s office on his last day and to secure a burial plot at the war dog memorials in Lyons, Michigan, according to Fox News.
De Young’s last post says Cena will make his final journey on Wednesday at 4pm in Muskegon:
Along with a friend, the veteran is now making a vest for Cena’s big day:
The purest form of friendship!
All images: Jeff DeYoung can Cena NB41/Facebook