Soldier Adopts Dog That Saved His Life

While serving in Afghanistan, U.S. military combat dog Layka was shot four times by the enemy at point-blank range. Despite her injuries, she still attacked and subdued the shooter, saving her handler and the other members of the team. Seven hours of surgery and the amputation of one leg saved her life. Her handler, Staff Sgt. Julian McDonald, fought hard to adopt her and she’s now become a part of his family.

Read more about America’s military working dogs online in National Geographic magazine:

PRODUCERS: Sarah Joseph and Spencer Millsap, NGM Staff
VIDEOGRAPHY: Spencer Millsap, NGM Staff
EDITOR: Gabriella Garcia-Pardo, NGM Staff


Nerd Boy says:

there is this happy 3 logged dog in my neghborhood and it was born 3 legged

Haxidus says:

do they not have prosthetic legs for dogs yet?

Javien Nicole Magbuhos says:

ME TO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brenna Murphy says:

this is so sweet

Summer Skull says:

Lol is that dog ever not panting?

Joshua Kolesar says:

Who tf is cutting onions again???

Lexie says:

God bless all military soldiers.. whether they have 2 ,4, and 3 legs I will always respect them

kimberly s says:

I love dogs and American heroes. It's beautiful

Thejoyfulgymnast123 says:

Who keeps cutting onions??????

Elaine Edwardson says:

Laika is superb.

Bernadette Van der Ploeg says:

wonderful dog and owner.Great job, both of you!

Luca Brasi says:

Why is the tail most of the time cutted of by military dogs?

mrsimmons2252 says:

what a gorgeous dog :)

Rick Ansell says:

Staff Sgt McDonald mentioned that the US Army catalogues these dogs as 'Access Equipment'. Having worked with British Army equipment lists (I'm a Civilian working for the UK MoD) I can say that we don't – they are Animal, Canine, <Whatever their job is>, as in 'Animal, Canine, Arms and Explosives Search'. Horses are 'Animal, Equine', just like Staff McDonald would be 'Staff Sergeant, Marine, Dog Handler'. What might happen however is that they could be listed under 'Role Equipment' for a unit, along with items like 'Kennel, Air Conditioned' and 'Body Armour, Animal, Canine' (its been quite a few years since I worked with equipment lists so those last heading etc. are a bit bogus, but the sense is correct).

James Willit says:

looks like you are doing ok ,, but how can I send you money for like steaks and hamburger I don't want you to have to spend money to feed that Hero in your home.

FOX Gaming says:

That dog is beautiful

someone else says:

Showing your kids how to be a man…. Way to go!

The Swiss Guy says:

put dogs in war
what kind of idea is that

tina stone says:

I'm crying lol dogs are awesome

doogie gaming says:

this could touch the inside of peple

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