[Fox News] A bomb-sniffing combat dog named Mike survived two tours of duty in Iraq but not the streets of a bucolic little town in Wyoming.
The 9-year-old Belgian Malinois was shot and killed in Powell last Saturday by a bicyclist who said he was attacked, leaving Mike’s devastated owner Matthew Bessler, a retired Army Ranger, wondering how he is going to deal with his combat-related injuries alone.
The bicyclist, 59, told the Park County Sheriff’s Office he was attacked by “German shepherd-looking dog” in an encounter in the road, the Powell Tribune reported. Authorities say somehow the dog got loose from Bessler’s yard. According to the account he gave deputies, he fended off the dog using his bicycle, and then grabbed a revolver from his bicycle-mounted holster, and shot the dog.
Bessler questions the bicyclist’s account, saying the dog was shot in the rear. “He has his story,” he told the Tribune. “I know my dog. I have my story.”
Well this is just a sad story. There’s nothing to laugh at here, nothing to make fun of. A bicyclist was riding through town and decided to shoot a war hero bomb sniffing dog in the back.
Listen, I wasn’t there, so I’m not going to pretend to know exactly what happened. Maybe this guy WAS attacked. Maybe all of this is a big misunderstanding. But if you believe for one single second that a 59-year-old man was able to fend off a fucking COMBAT DOG using only his bicycle then YOU are the biggest goddamn sucker on this planet of Earth.
I know bicyclists like to pretend that they’re in the greatest shape of anyone on earth, and that bicycling keeps you fresh and young, and that if only everyone would bicycle everywhere they’d all be in perfect health and live longer, fuller, stronger lives…but I’ll tell you right now that if a military-trained combat dog wants to bite you to death, you might as well lay right down and show it your throat, because you’re getting bitten to death. You’re certainly not fending it off using your bare hands and a fucking ten-speed.
So, sure. Maybe the guy got lucky. But it ain’t a good look when you pull a gun out of your “bicycle-mounted holster” (which, also, what the fuck?) and shoot a dog in the ass. And when it turns out that it’s a dog that has saved countless lives by sniffing out bombs overseas and is currently providing a wounded veteran with a little companionship as he reacclimates to life at home…well, that REALLY ain’t a good look.