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I got this picture and story from the LOLDogs website, but this isn’t an LOL. This is a picture of Hawkeye, the faithful canine companion of Petty Officer Jon Tumlinson, a U. S. Navy SEAL who was killed in action in Afghanistan earlier this summer. Hawkeye waited patiently and loyally at his master’s feet throughout Tumlinson’s funeral service in Rockford, Iowa. Tumlinson’s cousin, Lisa Pembleton, snapped this picture capturing Hawkeye’s devotion and heartbreak, and the story was picked up and reported by ABC News.
Fortunately this tragic story has a happy ending, at least for Hawkeye. Tumlinson’s longtime friend Scott Nichols and his family have adopted the dog. They know Hawkeye well, having cared for him during Tumlinson’s previous tours of duty. I hope that Hawkeye’s new family will take good care of him for many years to come, because they love both the dog and his master, their fallen friend. Petty Officer Tumlinson, the Nichols family, and Hawkeye can teach us all something about love and loyalty, service and sacrifice.