Mike Ritland, a former U.S. Navy SEAL, recently took to Facebook to pay tribute to a fellow SEAL member’s K9 partner who crossed the rainbow bridge.
“Mike had to say goodbye to Carlos today, after 15 amazing years of blessing this Earth with his presence,” Ritland said.
Mike and Carlos were partners for many years, and after retirement, Mike was able to adopt him for good. Ritland also got to work with Carlos when he worked at the program as a trainer.
“He is draped in the flag that Mike carried with him on every operation with him, and still possessed Afghan dust as he unfolded it on him,” Ritland continued.
Mike gave Carlos his favorite food, Steak, as one final meal before the dog left this life behind.
“Our hearts are now much heavier having to say goodbye,” Ritland concluded the heartfelt post. “Fair winds and following seas C-man, we have the watch from here buddy.”