With a name like Rocky, you’d think he was a fighter — and you’d be right.
The photo shows the German Shepherd recovering in a hospital after he and his handler, Spc. Andrew Brown, were injured in Afghanistan. Rocky is wearing the Purple Heart, which he received in recognition of his service. To date, the now-viral photo has garnered more than 107,600 likes and been shared more than 148,400 times.
“Rocky and his handler are staying in the same room right now as they are receiving treatment for their injuries,” the Facebook post reads in part. “Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they recover during the holiday season.”
Brown, 22, and Rocky were searching a structure for explosive materials in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand Province on Dec. 3 when a bomb exploded, a public affairs officer for the brigade told the Killeen Daily Herald.
Another photo posted last Friday shows Rocky and Brown recuperating side-by-side in the hospital. That photo has also gotten a lot of
Both Rocky and Brown are “doing well,” according to that post. Brown is at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, while Rocky is expected to return “in the coming weeks” to Fort Hood military base in Texas.
“Please remember them, as well as all our soldiers deployed around the world, during the holiday season,” the post reads. “Proven in Battle!”
We wish Rocky and Brown a speedy recovery and all of our troops a safe and happy holiday.