MWD Jig M834 — Military
On March 18, 2013, my husband and I opened our home to this 4-legged Hero named MWD Jig M834, and since that time have been taught many lessons by this amazing boy. This story is a bit different because it’s not about what happened on the battlefield, but how Jig chooses to live his life.
Jig served as an Improvised Detection Dog for the U.S. Marine Corps. We know very little of his background, but know he served overseas from 2008-2011. He was excellent at his job so the Corps kept him on to help “sell” their Improvised Detection program at Lackland AFB, TX. Jig’s military career ended with a diagnosis of Oral Melanoma. Upon his adoption, veterinarians said they could not give a time frame of his expected life span; it could be weeks, months or years. Jig had undergone chemo while at Lackland and would have to undergo 5 more rounds under our care. He has triumphed over that hurdle, only to be faced now with a devastating diagnosis of Laryngeal Paralysis Polyneuropathy; a condition that will one day take his life. Emergency surgery was performed to permanently open his airway and allow him to breathe easier. A complication of that surgery has been bouts of aspiration pneumonia, which each time land him in the Critical Care Unit, fighting for his life.
Now Jig fights a different battle; the battle of time. One day the complications will take him, but until then he takes on life like a hero, like a true warrior and does it with no accolades, only grace. Semper Fi Jig!