The saying goes that dogs are man’s best friend.
This is partly because dogs and human beings evolved together over time. Descended from wolves, ancient humans bred docile wolves together until modern dogs finally came about, where they have often served as watchful protectors.
In this story out of Afghanistan, one incredible dog named Layka was doing just that.
The US Military has a long history of using combat dogs in military operations.
Layka is a Belgian Malinois, an intelligent dog breed well-suited to high-stress situations and complex problem-solving. Layka and her team had been deployed to Afghanistan in May 2013 when they heard shots ringing out.