Loyal Navy dog adopted
Sep 2, 2011
The dog of a deceased Navy SEAL that won hearts across the globe in August has been adopted by a friend of its owner on Fort Bragg in North Carolina, ABC News reports.
A photo of the dog, a chocolate Labrador retriever named Hawkeye, went viral on the internet last month as an example of the intense devotion a dog can have for its master. The picture, which got 177,000 Google hits recently, showed the dog asleep under its owner's casket during the funeral services. Hawkweye's owner, Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson, was killed in Afghanistan in early August, according to the Des Moines Register.
Hawkeye's new family is not all that new to the canine. The dog's new owner, Scott Nichols, was a friend of Tumilson's, and the dog spent time there when its master was deployed on duty.
The picture was taken at the service by Tumilson's cousin, Lisa Pembleton, who said she couldn't help but take the photo. The dog was known to Tumilson's family as his "son," as his career made it difficult to have a family.