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After 8 years of service (56 dog years), Army K-9 flies business class on way to retirement home

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Late last month, an Army veteran traveled from Seattle to Fayetteville, where he will spend his retirement. On the way, he was hailed as a hero. In airports, he was saluted and cheered. Advertisement On the plane, the pilot announced his presence to a round of applause, and a flight attendant dutifully pinned a pair of wings on his uniform. And, throughout the long flight, small children and their parents paid him short visits, to talk and scratch behind his ears. Brit is an 8-year-old German shepherd who has spent his entire life — about 56 dog years — in military service. But now, Brit is enjoying retirement in the home of Mark and Jasmine Russell in west Fayetteville. The couple's adoption of Brit became official in June after a months-long wait. Mark Russell is a veteran himself who once served in the 82nd Airborne Division. His wife is a wildlife ...

Full article: http://www.stripes.com/news/army-patrol-dog-retires-to-fa...

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