In the United States military, dogs play a vital role, constantly risking their lives to defend others.
They have a variety of skills and powers that humans lack, such as using their strong sense of smell to detect mines and bombs.
They build true bonds with their human teammates as well, which can persist long after deployment is finished.
That’s what one touching viral photo depicts, as a devoted military dog guards a soldier napping at the airport.
Someone observed the attentive German shepherd maintaining a watch over his napping comrade at the Indianapolis airport and snapped a photo.
They were relaxing at the airport among a group of ten human troops and two canines, according to WPTV.
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It was unclear if they were getting ready to fly out for deployment or returning home, but they were clearly exhausted and needed to get some rest wherever they could.
And this soldier could rest peacefully, knowing that his devoted guardian was watching out for him, keeping an eye on him, and maybe acting as a fuzzy blanket as well.