'Military Pet Of The Year' Is As Heroic As She Is Cute!
Military dogs hold a special place in our hearts! Dogs On Deployment gives military members peace of mind concerning their pets during their service by providing them with temporary housing options for their pets! Each year, they highlight a Military Pet Of The Year. This year, the Pet Of The Year is Belle. She is a five-year-old beautiful lab with some very special training and a loving home. Belle was recently retired from the #USMC after 4 years of honorable service and one combat deployment to Afghanistan. She and her handler, Sgt Sam Wettstein, trained together for a year and served for 7 months together overseas.
The two became inseparable. Being overseas and in combat together, the duo built an incredible bond. After Belle was diagnosed with PTSD, she was relieved of her military duties. Sgt. Sam Wettstein couldn't be separated from her, so he put in papers to legally adopt her. The process went smooth and now Belle is the pet of one very happy Marine! Not all dogs are as lucky as Belle and get to come home. Belle is shining example of what a military hero is!
All images courtesy of Jessica Wettstein.