Navy Veteran Finds Nothing Cures Grief Like Sharing Love With Furry Friends

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When a Navy veteran named Christopher lost his companion animal of 12 years, he was buried in grief, and understandably so. Losing a close friend is always hard, no matter what species they are.

Christopher’s Boxer, Kronk, was as steadfast as they come, which is just what a husband and father of two needed while working in the San Diego shipyards.

According to Pets for Patriots, the former Navy chief had spent 22 years in the service, retiring in 2017. He thought he could resume life as a civilian, not an insurmountable challenge. Life without Kronk, however, was another story.

Source: MaxPixel Navy Veteran Christopher lost his Boxer, Kronk, after 12 years together.

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Navy Veteran Christopher lost his Boxer, Kronk, after 12 years together.

Before long, the veteran and his wife were looking for a new dog. But not just any dog would do.

“When we were ready,” Christopher told Pets for Patriots, “we decided to visit our local animal shelter and found Murphy. He is a seven year-old Boxer and [we] wanted to give him a home to spend his senior dog years.”

The couple adopted their senior dog from the County of San Diego Department of Animal Services, where veterans receive a discount on adoption fees.

Source: Pixabay Elderly dogs make up a large portion of those found in shelters.

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Elderly dogs make up a large portion of those found in shelters.

Along with his advanced age, Murphy held the scars of a painful past. Rescuers found him struggling on the streets, with visible injuries and no apparent home. Now, all of those problems solved, Murphy belongs to a loving family.

But the story doesn’t stop there.

Four months later, another Boxer joined the family. Christopher and his wife adopted 10-year-old Rocky, a senior dog who’s also lost his ability to hear.

Source: U.S. Air Force Christopher and his wife adopted a new Boxer a few months after losing Kronk.

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Christopher and his wife adopted another Boxer a few months after losing Kronk.

“We also wanted to provide him with a loving and safe environment to spend his senior years,” Christopher said.

Though they are older, Murphy and Rocky are playing a critical role in the Navy veteran’s life. Kronk’s passing left a Boxer sized hole in his family, and the senior dogs are filling it with love.

“[I] wanted to help rescue an older dog and ended up getting two!” Christopher said.

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Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.
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