LOS ANGELES — Four years after her son was killed in Afghanistan, a mom finally greeted the military police dog her son called his best friend.
Sgt. Joshua Ashley and his military police dog Sirius were together when Josh was killed.
When Sirius retired from the Marines, he was given to Sgt. Ashley’s mom, Tammie Ashley.
The last time Ashley spoke to her son in Afghanistan, he had a request.
” ‘I’m gonna have you take him until I get to where I’m going or when I get out,’ ” Ashley said her son told her shortly before he was killed.
Tammie Ashley picked up Sirius at the Ontario airport.
“It was the strangest thing,” Ashley said. “He was smelling my face like he was going to lick it, and it was almost like ‘I recognize you.’ Like, ‘You were Josh’s mom.’ ”
Joshua Ashley’s brother is now also bonding with Sirius.
“It’s like getting a little piece of my brother back home us. So, it’s really nice having him around,” said Jordan Ashley, Josh’s brother.
Joshua Ashley was 23-years old.