Yesterday I had the pleasure to work with a U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant named Amanda Cubbage. Amanda is one of many American heroes who is putting her life on the line for others. She currently works at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, AZ but previously worked in South Korea.
While in South Korea, she trained a military working dog named Rick, who became more than just a dog to Amanda. Rick became her best friend, her emotional support system, her furry husband and her lifeline.
Unfortunately, military working dogs belong to the base, so when their handlers transfer, they have to go their separate ways. It’s often a stressful and emotionally difficult time for both.
Thankfully, when it came time for Rick to retire (from old age), Amanda was notified and immediately turned to American Humane. American Humane has brought 33 military working dogs back to the United States to be reunited with their best friends…
… and Amanda was next in line!
In August 2017, with the help of Hallmark, Hormel Foods and American Humane, Amanda and Rick were once again reunited and picked up where they left off. Rick now lives with Amanda and her husband and two other doggie friends. He has learned how to beg for food, jump on the furniture and be spoiled just like any other pet!
On a side note, prior to Robby’s Law in 2000, military working dogs could NOT be adopted by anyone…even after they were done serving. They were looked at as “surplus equipment that was no longer needed” and they were euthanized. Thankfully that’s not the case anymore =(
Thank you to Hallmark, American Humane and Hormel Foods for all of their amazing work with this effort!