K9 Wounded Warrior Retires

Lucca, an eight-year-old Belgian military working dog, plays at Camp Pendleton, California. Lucca deployed twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan where she was injured by an improvised explosive device. The injury led to the amputation of her left front leg and retirement from military service. Rodriguez, military dog handler with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force, is scheduled to escort the veteran K-9 from the base to Finland where she will reside with her original trainer. During a turnover at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, Lucca will be honored during a ceremony by American Airlines, which will provide transportation to Rodriguez and Lucca through its partnership with Air Compassion for Veterans.

RAW VIDEO: Homeward-Bound Working Dog Retires

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Photo Credit: Cpl. Jennifer Pirante, USMC via DVIDS.


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Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson5 years ago

retire them then spoil them

Sandi C.
Sandi C5 years ago

Happy retirement Lucca you earned it!

Darla G.
Darla G5 years ago

Enjoy your retirement, Lucca.

Hopefully, there will come a time when ALL military dogs are retired and find great new homes (or homes with their handler or trainer).

Deborah D.
Deborah D5 years ago

Lucca deserves a loving, supportive retirement. She gave our military her best service and hopefully will live a long, healthy and well loved life.

She earned it.

Eric Luu
Eric Luu5 years ago

All retired dogs deserve the best for the rest of their lives. They served this country they best they could.

Miranda Parkinson

May she have a happy and love filled retirement and lots good food!

Carrie Anne Brown

great video thanks for sharing :)

Loo Samantha
Loo sam5 years ago


Bruce S.
Bruce S5 years ago

When K9 dogs retire, they should get steak to eat for the rest of their lives. That's the LEAST we can do to repay them.

Edith B.
Edith B5 years ago

I couldn't get the video to play, but I think these dogs should all be retired to happy homes and given the care they deserve!