A gold star mother from Rancho Cucamonga, California is honoring her Marine son's last wishes by taking in his beloved working dog, Sirius. She made that promise the very last time she spoke to him.
Sgt. Joshua Ashley was soon killed in Afghanistan by an improvised explosive device (IED). Sirius was with Joshua when he died. He was 23 years old.
Sirius during his deployment to Afghanistan (U.S. Navy photo)
Sirius, a German Shepherd, was 7 years old when Ashley died. It was a big loss. The team of Ashley and Sirius scored a 100 percent in their pre-deployment training class. Four months later, on July 18, 2012, Ashley hit the IED that killed him.
Their story is recounted in author Rebecca Frankel's "War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History and Love."