Airman holds dying military dog, then boss orders staff to get American flag quickly.

Share on Facebook

Airman holds dying military dog, then boss orders staff to get American flag quickly.

U.S. Air Force airman Kyle Smith was paired with Bodza, a military dog, when he was deployed to Kyrgyzstan in 2012. After their tour of duty together, Kyle adopted Bodza and lived a long full life together.

Bodza was getting old, however, and soon suffered an incurable spine condition, degenerative myelopathy. Bodza was in constant excruciating pain, so Kyle decided to have Bodza euthanized.

A vet put Bodza down, surrounded by Kyle and his fellow Air Force soldiers. “I held him in my arms the entire time,” Kyle said. “I’ve never cried that much my entire life… I just kept holding him, rubbing and kissing his head, telling him, ‘I’m going to miss you.’”

But Kyle’s superior wanted to add one more touch for the former military dog, calling for an American flag to be draped over his body in recognition of his bravery and service. Hear Kyle and Bodza’ story below…






You Might Also Like:


A mom saw bullies walking up to her disabled daughter. So she goes over and does the unthinkable.

When a heroic teacher talks about his disabled son, the entire class is moved to tears.

A boy who can’t express his emotions shows us why being different is beautiful.

A woman goes to the ‘lost and found’ every single day. Then, he sees the photograph in her hand.

A homeless 7-year-old who lives on the beach shows us exactly what courage looks like.

A lonely woman shares a cab with a complete stranger… and it changes her life forever.



Join Over 128,000 Subscribers!


Sign up to our daily e-mail and be the first to get notified of
new, inspiring stories. No spam, ever. Read more.





Omeleto Inspires People to Do Better,
Be Better.


Inspiring and insightful. Entertaining and enlightening.
That's what you can expect here: no fluff. Just a steady
stream of the best stories delivered to your inbox.