Kang made a vow to Blue one day. He would try his hardest to make up for all the times she saved his and his comrades’ lives.

“I told her, ‘What you’ve done for me and my guys over here in Afghanistan, we cannot pay back. So I’m going to give you a good home where you can cuddle all day, not worrying about going to war and finding bombs.’”


After their tour, Blue was transferred elsewhere and Kang lost track of her. He didn’t, however, forget his promise to her.

Wendy Kang, BK’s wife, knew he wanted to find and adopt Blue. She’s a former marine herself, and used her connections to locate Blue in Japan. She had to help their dreams come true.

“I did everything in my power to make sure that we could get Blue home. After all the stories I’ve heard, I know for sure Blue is one of the reasons why BK is standing here with me and he’s alive.”

In November of 2018, Blue retired from the service and went to live with her new forever family: the family of her old Marine pal!

A Peaceful Yet Productive Retirement For Blue

Blue now lives in Georgia with 5 dogs, 2 cats, 2 small humans, and 2 human parents. Kang kept his promise to her of a life of snuggles.


Blue’s been busy too though. She recently became a semifinalist for American Humane’s 2020 Military Hero Dog Award. Kang penned a beautiful tribute to her for the voting page.

“After seven years of honorable service, she retired in November 2018 and made her way from Japan to Georgia. She’s been enjoying her retirement with my family and I ever since. Blue is our own personal hero and deserves to be recognized as one in her life.”


Blue bravely served her country just like any human veteran. Now she’s finally getting recognized for who she is: a hero.

“These working dogs, they will give up their life for us. So we should be thankful to them and respect them and above all, trust the dog because dogs will not lie.”

Enjoy your well-deserved retirement, hero Blue!