For seven months, David Herrera and Kash served side by side in one of the most dangerous places on Earth. But though their time together was relatively brief, they forged a bond that's lasted many years after.
Herrera is a veteran of the Marine Corps, and acted as handler for Kash, an IED detection dog, during their deployment in Afghanistan in 2010. There, they relied upon one another to stay alive, and to keep their fellow soldiers safe from harm. Throughout the experience, Herrera and Kash grew to be more than just colleagues — they became close friends.
"Kash was definitely a morale booster," Herrera told The Dodo. "He stuck with me through it, 24/7. He lived with me. He fought with me. He’s been through it and seen it all."