Officer Is Assigned K9, Then Learns Truth About Dog's Past Forcing Them To Part Ways
FaithTap Staff 10/9/2017
Spike may appear to be an average dog - but the truth is, he has spent his entire life protecting and serving our country. This lovable pup began his career as a bomb-sniffing dog, working alongside his companion, U.S. Marine Jared Heine, in Afghanistan. Sadly, despite the pair's close bond, they were separated when Jared was sent home to Louisiana as a result of numerous brain injuries. When the two parted ways, Jared continued life in Louisiana battling PTSD, while Spike began a new career with Virginia Capitol Police Officer Laura Taylor. Jared shared of Spike, "He was like my brother, my kid. He slept with me everyday, we were inseparable. Like 24/7 we were together." Jared admitted that it was Spike's brave and selfless actions which kept him and his fellow marines safe, and alive.
Jared's mom explained in the interview with CBS news, "Jared has just been so upset lately and depressed - just not been himself." In an effort to help her son with his struggles she went online searching for Jared's old friend, Spike. Eventually, she was able to locate him. Although the news of finding Spike was undoubtedly thrilling for Jared and his mom, it was understandably heart-breaking for Spike's new owner, Officer Laura Taylor. Spike had been Officer Taylor's partner for the past two years, and the two were inseparable as well. She shared of her K-9 companion, "I didn't ever expect to not be with Spike, ya know, until he was an old, old, old man."
Although devastated over the idea of giving away her friend Spike, Officer Taylor explained, "He's more important to me than anyone can know, but, we have to do what's right for the whole situation." Sometimes in life, difficult decisions must be made for the sake of others. CBS News said of Officer Taylor, "After meeting Jared, she said that as painful as it is, she knows in her heart that it's the right thing to do." When Officer Taylor met with Spike's original owner, the two shared a hug. Through tear-filled eyes Officer Taylor whispered, "Just take good care of him, he means everything to me." And Jared responded, "I promise I will." Watch the heart-breaking, heart-warming story below: