Marine Lab receives final farewell

Dozens of people lined the streets of Muskegon, Michigan in late July to bid a final farewell to Cena, a ten-year-old black Marine Lab.

Cena, who served as a bomb sniffing dog in Afghanistan, was diagnosed with terminal bone cancer earlier this year.

He was paired with his handler, Lance Cpl. Jeff DeYoung, in 2009, when he was just a pup as part of a nine month tour in Afghanistan.

Although DeYoung and Cena were separated after their return to the U.S., DeYoung was able to adopt him years later. Since then, Cena served as a service dog to DeYoung, to cope with his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

“My whole adult life I've had Cena. When I was 19 overseas learning how to be responsible, I had Cena. And now I'm 27, and I'm having to say goodbye to one of the biggest pieces of my life. This dog saved my life. I trust him more than I trust most human beings,” told DeYoung to NBC Nightly News.

A GoFundMe page was setup for Cena to raise money for “awesome food,” to cover his medical bills, to purchase a headstone or statue for the dog, and rent a jeep with a top down “so he can stick his head out and catch some wind before his trip upstairs,” says the page.

The $40,000 target has long been surpassed.

The lab will be laid to rest on Aug. 26. Cena will receive full military honours.






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