TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — The dog with the golden tooth has retired.
Ego, a 7-year-old German shepherd explosive detector dog whose service included three tours to support Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, was one of two military working dogs who wrapped up their careers Jan. 31, according to a Travis Air Force Base release.
The canine was a first for David Grant Medical Center endodontist Col. Gerald Kaban, who had worked on a lot of human teeth in his career but tackled the task of fixing Ego’s two broken teeth with Army veterinarian Capt. Matthew Reed in 2009, giving one new gold-colored tooth.
His handler at the time, then-Staff Sgt. Shaun Dube, proudly said Ego was “going to have some bling.”
Ego, now teamed with handler Staff Sgt. Joseph Josey of the 60th Security Forces Squadron, is now going on to enjoy retirement at Josey’s home. In the release, Josey described Ego as “the type of dog that can change a crappy day into a great day just because he wants to run around and play.”
Sharing the retirement ceremony with Ego was Kim, a 12-year-old Dutch shepherd explosive detector dog who deployed overseas five times and supported the Secret Service in protecting the president on 10 occasions, according to the release.
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