The bond between humans and dogs is strong—especially when they’ve have been through as much as German Shepherd Bodza and Sargeant Kyle Smith have. The two met while serving in the US Air Force together and instantly became best friends. Over the years, they served on many missions together, and when it came time for Bodza to retire him, Sargeant-Smith adopted him.
Bodza’s retirement was a happy time until he came down with an incurable, dehabiltating disease. Then last month, 11-year-old Bodza was laid to rest. And now a beautiful, heartbreaking photo of Sargeant-Smith and his best friend is bringing animal lovers everywhere to tears. Scroll down to see the picture and learn more about their friendship.