Marine’s bucket list for dying dog who saved his life

If this story {doesn’t|does not} make you cry, you’ve probably {not|maybe not|perhaps not} got a soul.

A US marine veteran has compiled a bucket list for his bomb-detection Labrador Cena, who later became his service dog, after a veterinarian told him the dog had just weeks left {to live|to call home|to reside}.

Jeff De Young and Cena formed an unbreakable bond {after they were|once they were|when they were} paired in 2009 {based on|predicated on|centered on} their personalities and deployed to Afghanistan.

There, “Kid and Chicken”, as they were nicknamed, were in charge of walking in front of patrol units {in search of|searching for|looking for} improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

Image: Jeff De Young and Cena N641/facebook

“He’d been trained to detect {more than|a lot more than|significantly more than} 300 {different types of|various kinds of|several types of} explosives {and if|and when|of course, if} he smelled something interesting on patrol he would {lie down|take a nap|lay down} and notify me, {and then|and|after which} I’d {call in|contact|get in touch with} an explosives technician, ” De Young told the BBC .

After {coming back|returning|finding its way back} from war, De Young started {suffering from|experiencing|struggling with} post-traumatic stress (PTSD) and separation anxiety from being away from Cena.

It would {take|just take|simply take} them four years before being reunited again, as De Young agreed to adopt Cena. {The dog|Your dog|Canine} quickly became his service dog, helping him with healing and support for PTSD.

{Unfortunately|Regrettably|Unfortuitously}, last week {doctors|medical practioners|health practitioners} diagnosed Cena with bone cancer, {and it|also it|plus it} turns out {he has|he’s got|he’s} just weeks to live.


De Young is now {looking for a|buying|buying a} removable top Jeep Wrangler in the Muskegon Michigan area to borrow {so the|therefore the|and so the} pair can enjoy their last ride together.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to cover {the cost of|the expense of|the price of} the rent, along with the “awesome food {that he|he} can stuff his face into and gets to eat” and “a statue {or a|or perhaps a|or even a} beautiful head stone {that he|he} deserves”.

De Young also hopes for a hand salute as Cena makes his way {into the|in to the|to the} vet’s office on his last day and to secure a burial plot at the war dog memorials in Lyons, Michigan, {according to|in accordance with|based on} Fox News.

De Young’s last post says Cena will make his final journey on Wednesday at 4pm in Muskegon:

{Along with a|Plus a|And also a} friend, the veteran {is now|is currently|has become} making a vest for Cena’s big day:

True friendship.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/07/25/us-marine-bucket-list-service-dog/

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