This week, American Humane facilitated the reunion of retired Navy Working Canine Akim and Senior Airman Jenna, Akim’s former handler and greatest buddy. After almost a yr aside, Akim lastly bumped into SrA Jenna’s loving arms on the morning of July 12 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Uniquely certified in detection and patrol, Akim was paired with SrA Jenna in 2020. The 2 served collectively in South Korea, patrolling the air base, looking out automobiles on the gates, and coaching with the Republic of Korea Air Power Particular Forces. In November 2021, they had been pressured to half methods.
Whereas serving collectively, Akim had a near-death expertise after unintentionally swallowing a bee and affected by an excessive allergic response. SrA Jenna leaped into motion as Akim went into anaphylactic shock, selecting up the 70-pound canine and operating him to the veterinarian on the base. Due to her fast motion, Akim survived. SrA Jenna spent the subsequent two days by his aspect and even slept with him in his kennel to maintain him firm. From that day ahead, SrA Jenna all the time had an EpiPen readily available.
Tragically, Akim misplaced his eyesight when he was resuscitated and in restoration. He finally regained a few of his imaginative and prescient and was capable of carry out his duties on base once more, nevertheless it by no means returned totally. This unlucky incident shaped a lifelong, unbreakable bond between Akim and SrA Jenna, and the pair have been inseparable ever since. SrA Jenna knew she needed to be the one who gave him a without end loving residence when he completed his years of service.
We at American Humane acknowledge the lifesaving contributions of all veterans, together with the four-legged navy canines who danger their lives to courageously serve our nation. We had been honored to work with SrA Jenna and the U.S. Navy to move Akim greater than 6,000 miles from South Korea to New Mexico, the place his greatest buddy was patiently ready. Alongside the way in which, we even stopped to let Akim absorb new sights! He significantly cherished watching the sundown at Grand Canyon Nationwide Park in Arizona.
MWD Akim is residence ultimately, and SrA Jenna plans to reward Akim in his retirement by doing all of the issues he could have missed out on whereas working – touring, swimming, fishing and having enjoyable! We’re thrilled Akim will get the retirement he deserves, alongside the one who loves him most. We may also present for Akim’s lifetime of veterinary care, to make him as wholesome and comfy as potential throughout retirement.
Your beneficiant help permits us to reunite navy heroes like Akim with their former handlers and provides them the retirements they honestly deserve. Make a present in the present day in honor of retired MWD Akim: https://www.americanhumane.org/bring-home-mwd-akim/.