WASHINGTON — A photograph of a military dog recovering from injuries, alongside his Purple Heart, has gone viral. His handler, Specialist Andrew Brown, has come forward to talk about his extraordinary dog.
The 89th Military Police Brigade posted a photograph to Facebook last week showing Rocky, the military dog, recovering in Germany.
Brown and Rocky were deployed to Afghanistan in October. Two months later they were injured by an IED as they searched a compound. The duo were flown to Kandahar, Afghanistan, where they were both awarded with Purple Hearts.
Brown credits Rocky for their work.
“He does everything,” Brown told ABC News. “I’m just really a guy with a leash. I bring him to the area and let him do his thing. If he responds, I translate that… let them know my dog got a response right here. I know the way he works, I know his change of behavior.”
According to the American Kennel Club, Rocky is the first dog to receive a Purple Heart since a dog named Chips in 1942. Chips was reportedly responsible for “singlehandedly wiping out a machine-gun nest in Italy.”
Brown is currently being treated for his injuries at the Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Although Rocky is thousands of miles away in Germany, Brown is looking forward to being reunited with him in the next few weeks.