Good Girl, Lucca! Marine Dog first to receive ‘VC for dogs’

Feel good Friday story to send you into the weekend on a high note. Lucca, US military dog who lost a leg sniffing out IEDs in Afghanistan travels to London to become first to receive ‘VC for dogs’

Thomas gave me this story earlier this week, but I thought I would save it as a feel good story for today.


From The Daily Mail:

A US military dog who lost her leg while on duty in Afghanistan has become the first to be awarded the animal equivalent of a British Victoria Cross.

German Shepherd Lucca, aged 12, completed over 400 separate missions during six years of active service with the U.S. military, where she would sniff out explosives.

It is believed she protected the lives of thousands of allied troops during her career, with there being no human casualties during any of her patrols.

However, her final patrol came in March 2012, when she alongside her then handler Corporal Juan Rodriguez, discovered a 30lb improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.

As Lucca searched for the device, a second bomb exploded and she instantly lost her front leg and suffered severe burns to her chest – but miraculously no soldiers were injured in the blast.


Corporal Rodriguez administered first aid to his dog before she was airlifted to Germany to recover, and within ten days she was up and walking again.

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Today, Lucca travelled to London from southern California with her former handler and owner Gunnery Sergeant Christopher Willingham to be awarded the PDSA Dickin medal.

Good girl, Lucca! May God continue to bless all our brave heroes, including our four-footed ones!



  1. It is a great story! I LOVE it. Thomas sent it to me, and the canine associate producer and his intern enthusiastically insisted that I post it. Thanks so much for all your encouragement and support!

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