A new leash hangs by the door ready to go on long walks, toys spread out across the home left exactly where they were last played with, a Tempur-Pedic memory foam bed in the corner to nap in when the eyes get heavy, and a family to provide a life’s worth of love. This isn’t life in the kennels anymore, this is retirement after a life’s worth of service.
For the recently retired and adopted Topa, a military working dog specializing in patrol and explosives detection, assigned to the 374th Airlift Wing at Yokota Air Base, Japan, this is home.
“Topa has more than earned his place on the couch for the rest of his life,” said Staff Sgt. Cody Nickell, 374th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, Topa’s previous handler, and Topa’s new adopted home. “Having been lucky enough to have been Topa’s handler for the past two years, when I look into that boy’s eyes I know he’s given everything he has to the mission and he has done so since the day he began working as a military working dog.”