PUEBLO, Colo. - A dog lover wants to help a Pueblo soldier pay for cremating his K-9 after seeing a story on KRDO.
Alf was a bomb-sniffing dog who had to be put to sleep after a spinal cord disease left him unable to walk. Junior Rody, the owner of the website Pets & Friends Network based in North Carolina, said he wants to pay for all of the funeral costs. Sgt. Edward Pfeifer said he's humbled by all of the support.
But these days the Pfeifer home doesn't feel the same.
"It feels different. Yeah, it does. It's quiet. It's kind of a lonely feeling," Pfeifer said.
Pfeifer and Alf were partners in war. They spent nine months together in Afghanistan. Alf was his shield in combat. He's still a constant presence in the Pfeifer's home-- his urn sitting in the living room for all to see.
'We were all we had, you know what I mean. We relied on each other. We learned to trust each other. It was nice. It was nice to have a partner," Pfeifer said.
Last week, Alf was put to sleep-- a tough decision for Pfeifer but one he said he had to make. "I am 36 years old and this is by far the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my life," he said.
Few know what Pfeifer experienced during his deployment. The sounds. The sights. His constant companion, Alf, was there through it all.
"We've been through a lot together. A lot," Pfeifer said.