Service Dog Unites with the Family of his Fallen Handler
Former military service dog Sirius got to unite with the family of his fallen service handler Marine Sergeant Joshua Ashley and now resides in Rancho Cucamonga.
In late February, the Bob Hope United Service Organization Ontario helped organize a welcome committee at the Ontario Airport to receive Sirius at the gates of the terminal as he came off of a flight with Joshua’s mother, Tammie, and brother, Jonathan Ashley. They were the first off the plane and came to the welcome of hundreds of people. In the crowd were patriot guards, USO volunteers, supporters and the rest of the Ashley family, including father Jon and younger brother Jordan Ashley.
“It was quite a pleasure for us,” said center manager Kristen Ramirez. “We were here in 2012 when Joshua was brought home to his family. So this was just full circle for us.”
Sirius returned home with the Ashleys to their home in Rancho Cucamonga. At the time, Sirius was recovering from surgery on his mouth after he developed PTSD and developed lockjaw while chewing on a stress ball. It had to be surgically removed and at the time his jaw was still partially wired. Sirius couldn’t eat for 24 hours. Ramirez said the German Shepard finally got to eat once they got to the lower level of the terminal and outside.
Sirius now can recover with his family in Rancho Cucamonga. Ramirez and the rest of the Bob Hope USO volunteers, who are also mostly from Rancho Cucamonga, wish him the best.