Isky is an average, happy dog who loves playing with his owner. He likes meeting people, and he loves dog toys. You’d think that Isky is just an average dog at first glance. However, Isky is more than just your average dog, and his missing leg will give a person an idea of his former life.
Before he settled in Bealeton, Isky was a soldier. He was paired with Army Sgt. Wess Brown and they’ve been on hundreds of jobs over the years they were both in service. They were even assigned to secure a room for President Obama during his presidency.
During the war against terror in Afghanistan, Sgt. Brown and Isky were deployed as part of a bomb detection unit. They were on a routine patrol mission when they were ambushed. Bombs were exploding around them. Sgt. Brown and Isky hurried back to their vehicle for shelter and to get out of the area. However, one of Isky’s leg was caught on the stairs. He yelped and Sgt. Brown knew that his partner was badly hurt.
Isky refused to move because of the pain and Sgt. Brown had to carry Isky and get him out of harm’s way. After seeing the injury on Isky, Sgt. Brown immediately called for a medic. Isky was given treatment in the field hospital and was eventually flown to German for surgery.
When the veterinarians were working on Isky’s broken, they found a tumor. They concluded that Isky’s injury was a blessing in disguise. Had Isky not been injured, the tumor would have spread and made it into the dog’s brain, and Isky would have been dead within six months.
The veterinarians weren’t positive that they’d removed all the tumors on Isky’s leg. When they informed Sgt. Brown, he gave the go-ahead to amputate Isky’s leg to save the dog’s life. Sgt. Brown knew that Isky would be retired from service due to his injuries.
When Sgt. Brown was diagnosed with traumatic brain injury, he was discharged from the military along with Isky. Sgt. Brown eventually adopted Isky, who became his service dog. When they finally made it back home, Sgt. Brown and Isky came home to a hero’s welcome.
Isky’s job as a bomb detection dog saved countless American soldier’s lives. Together with Sgt. Brown, Isky found more than thirty IEDs. They also helped secure locations before the arrival of high-ranking officers. Isky and other military service dogs were honored with a bronze statue to remind people about their heroic acts. Here’s a video showing how Isky became a hero.
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