This is a photograph of Jon Tumilson and his best buddy, Hawkeye,
hanging out at the beach.
Earlier this week there was a YouTube video that went viral
showing Hawkeye, a chocolate labrador retriever, lying listlessly near the
casket of his fallen owner, Navy SEAL Petty Officer 1st Class Jon T. Tumilson
who was one of the 30 American soldiers killed August 6 when Taliban insurgents
downed their Chinook helicopter with a rocket-propelled grenade. It was heartbreaking realizing this dog knew
his beloved owner was forever gone from his life.
A recent report has confirmed that Hawkeye has a permanent home
with one of his owner's best friends, Scott Nichols, which was already a second
home for Hawkeye who spent months at a time there when Tumilson was deployed.
It was painful to know more soldiers had lost their lives. It was painful to see this faithful dog
display such love and loyalty for one of them.
Somehow, I felt a little better knowing a friend had stepped up to do
this one last thing for his fallen friend's best buddy.