Military service dog retires, adopted by partner in Tucson - Tucson News Now

Military service dog retires, adopted by partner in Tucson

SSgt. Amanda Cubbage served with Rick for nearly a year in South Korea. (Source: KOLD News 13) SSgt. Amanda Cubbage served with Rick for nearly a year in South Korea. (Source: KOLD News 13)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Few bonds are stronger than those formed during military service.

Tuesday morning, Aug. 8, a U.S. Air Force staff sergeant adopted the military dog with whom she served for nearly a year in South Korea.

Amanda Cubbage and Rick performed security sweeps and patrolled for improvised explosive devices, according to a release from American Humane.

The nonprofit paid for the cost of returning Rick, an 8-year-old German shepherd, to U.S. soil for his retirement after five years of service. 

Cubbage described him as her "partner, friend, brother and son."

Hallmark Channel and Hormel Foods helped bring Rick home by providing financial aid to help with the international travel and logistics, according to an American Humane spokesman.

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