This week, a Military Working Dog and his handler, both injured by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Afghanistan, were hospitalized together. The dog, Rocky, is pictured below with his handler, Specialist Andrew Brown. The 89th Military Police Brigade posted a picture of the two recovering in the same hospital bed.
Military Working Dogs reported that both Rocky and his handler have undergone surgeries in the last few days. Rocky is recovering from a broken leg, and SPC Brown has undergone surgery to clean his wounds from the IED blast. According to a GoFundMe page for SPC Brown’s family, his wife is with him in Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, DC and they are uncertain how long his stay will be. The GoFundMe page also reports that in October 2015, SPC Brown “left his wife Kayla, one year old son Jaxson, and one week old son Colten” behind when they deployed. The page is meant to raise funds to allow SPC Brown’s family to stay near him for the duration of his recovery.
Below, both SPC Brown and Rocky are shown recovering after their respective surgeries and treatments.
Rocky, shown below with a purple heart, recovers in the hospital.
For more information on adoption of Military Working Dogs, visit the Department of Defense Military Working Dog School. To support SPC Brown and his family, visit their GoFundMe page.