SAYING GOODBYE: Vet’s K-9 Passes Away

Wednesday, an Illinois veteran said goodbye to his best friend — and fellow soldier.

Ryan Anderson of Galva served in Afghanistan with Freddie, a bomb sniffing dog. The pair worked to clear landmines for fellow soldiers.

Freddie served four tours of duty and when Anderson returned home, he brought his friend with him.

At the age of 14, the pain from arthritis became too much and Wednesday Freddie was put down to end his suffering.

Anderson described Freddie as, “A fellow soldier, friend, companion. He’ll never be replaced, I know that.”

Freddie was a show dog in England before working for the military. Anderson says he’ll be cremated and his remains placed in a veteran’s urn.

For more on this story visit sister station WQAD.

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