Service Dog Photos That Powerfully Capture The True Meaning Of 'Loyalty.'

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Sgt. Mark Bush getting affectionately licked by his partner in crime, Xarius.

Soldiers in our country deserve to be treated with the utmost respect. They dedicate their lives to fight for our country. What a lot of people don't know, however, is that alongside some soldiers are soldier dogs. Dogs have been used in warfare and on the battlefield for thousands of years. To this day, they're still used as trackers, scouts, sentries, and mine detection dogs. Around 5,000 military dogs served during the Vietnam War and have continued to be involved during all major conflicts. Check out some of the photos below of the most loyal service dogs ever.Now that's one wet lick I wouldn't mind getting on my face.

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A puppy that was saved from a fire and grew up to be a firefighter.

It's like it was his destiny in life to become the brave firefighter he is today.

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Lucca the dog visiting a US Veteran at Walter Reed.

Every wounded warrior needs companionship.

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A military dog in training.

This dog is braver than most human beings. Look at the way he's going down the ladder.

Hawkeye the labrador retriever lying down by his owner Navy Seal Jon Tumilson's casket during his funeral.

Navy Seal Jon Tumilson was killed in Afghanistan crash.

Lisa Pembleton

A military working dog getting ready for battle.

"Those pesky cats will really get it this time! I'll show them who's boss."

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A soldier taking a break with her dog.

Her dog looks so kind and gentle, but watch out, he's probably a badass on the field.

A retired U.S. Marine Corp dog being awarded the PDSA Dickin medal.

Both the dog and marine must be so proud!

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A service dog paying his respects to fallen Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis.

One of the most heartwarming photos I've ever seen of a funeral.

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A combat tracker dog enjoying some free time with his handler Marine Lance Corporal John Peeler.

Even highly trained combat dogs love their attention!

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A dog by his owner's side no matter what.

"Wake up dad, it's time to sniff bombs and other foreign objects!!!"

A technical sergeant comforting his dog inside an Army UH 60 Black Hawk helicopter.

All dogs require loving, including service dogs! They probably need it the most.

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A soldier and his dog saluting.

However, this dog's salute looks kinda funky. He doesn't look as serious as he should be.

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U.S. Navy Petty Officer Blake Soller and his military working dog Rico at the National War Dog Cemetery.

Paying respect to the dogs who deserve it.

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A dog biding farewell to his soldier friend.

You can tell from the look in his eyes that his soldier friend will be greatly missed.

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A soldier hanging out with his dog.

And it appears the dog is in a playful mood. Hopefully they're not in the middle of anything too important.

A military dog taking a nap with his fellow soldiers.

It's like one big tight-knit family.

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A military paratrooper dog in the sky.

He has so much discipline and you can tell the dog trusts his masters so much!

A U.S. Army soldier of the 10th Special Forces Group and his military working dog jumping off the ramp of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter.

Now this is the type of ride-or-die dog we all need by our sides.

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A dog who had just earned retirement after 12 years of working for the U.S. Marines.

It looks like he's excited and already enjoying his retirement!

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A dog grieving his owner's death at his tomb stone.

What "friends till death do us part" really looks like.

Senior Airman Tariq Russell of 21st Security Forces Squadron shaking the paw of his partner.

What a beautiful yet powerful image. The photographer took it just at the right time.

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A dog asleep alongside its trainer on an airplane.

It's so great seeing a dog flying first class, but of course he deserves it!

A service dog on a mission.

It's like he's one of the boys. Love how the soldier on the dog's right has his arm over him.

A military dog protecting his sleeping soldier at the airport.

The soldier must have felt special after he woke up and saw the photos.

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