When Riley, better known as the 'Call of Duty dog', was first shown at the Xbox One reveal the jokes flooded in. Mostly surrounding the ludicrously low odds Riley had of surviving the game! I think most of us expect that, in an attempt to tug at the heartstrings of players, Riley will possibly be heading to the great kennel in the sky.
But here's what I didn't know: in the Royal Australian Air Force all service dogs, upon their retirement, are put down. After lifetime of training and protecting members of the RAAF the service dogs are deemed too aggressive for everyday life. Essentially, real life Rileys are being put down every day.
That's set to change. The RAAF has announced that service dogs will now be allowed to go through a series of tests upon their retirement. If it is demonstrated that the dogs can deal with stressful situations without getting violent, they are now allowed to go back and live out the rest of their lives with their former handlers.
The ABC has the full story and it's a tear jerker. It centres around Turk, an eight year old who will be the first to take advantage of the new rule. Godspeed Turk you beautiful bastard. Godspeed.