Shawn Johnson and his 14-year-old K9 partner, Vvalerie, served in the Army, side by side overseas in Iraq until her retirement in 2015.
Johnson then adopted her, and she got to spend the last four years as a normal dog, enjoying her new, relaxing civilian life in Little Rock, Arkansas.
“I could not be more proud to have served alongside her,” Johnson wrote on Facebook. “She was my partner, my best friend, and owned a VERY special place in my heart.”
“We shared experiences while serving in Iraq that most people can only imagine. She spent her life serving others and seeking as much love from her handlers as possible.”
Sadly, this past Monday, it was time for Johnson to say goodbye to his beloved partner. He brought her to the veterinarian’s office to be put to sleep, as she was struggling in her day to day life.
“Today, I walked you into the vets office with the same leash we walked the streets of Iraq with and left with just the leash,” he wrote. “I spent months preparing to say goodbye, knowing the day would come.”
But Johnson was not ready for a life without his best friend.
“I did not prepare myself to come home to a cold and quiet house,” he continued. “Not having you follow me around and watch my every move. Seeing your toys laying around, seeing your empty bed knowing I would never see you running after bad guys in your dreams, ever again. Our home has become a house to me for the time being. You will be missed and always remembered.”
Johnson posted a touching tribute video for his beloved Vvalerie, which you can watch below:
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Posted by Shawn Johnson on Tuesday, November 19, 2019
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