Chyba

Pet type: Dog

Breed: German Shepherd Dog (Alsatian)

Born: 1999

Died: 30 Jul 2011

Owner: Madeleine Pickens


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Chyba, a 12-year-old retired military dog from America, survived service in Iraq during a 10-year career with the US Army, but sadly lost her final battle with pancreatic cancer on July 30, 2011.

The German Shepherd dog, whose name is pronounced shee-buh, will forever be remembered by those who loved her. But there is also a tangible reminder because in April 2011 - before she became ill - it was her likeness that was chosen for a sculpture on a military working dog memorial in San Diego County, California.

Chyba retired after ending her career working security patrols in Germany and was adopted in January 2010 by Madeleine Pickens.

Military dogs in the United States have been available for adoption by members of the public since 2000, when Congress passed the “Robby Law.” Before that, many were put to sleep at the end of their service.

Chyba attended the official opening of the memorial that bears her likeness, but weeks later in June she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and tragically deteriorated quickly. The end came just seven weeks after she was diagnosed.

During a 10-year army career, Chyba worked hard at home and abroad. She sniffed out drugs and also worked in an Iraqi prison and on security patrols in Germany and Kuwait.

But off-duty and in retirement she was also a gentle, loving dog who enjoyed playing with tennis balls and toy animals.

Her owner, family, friends and military representatives, attended a memorial service for Chyba a few days after her death.

The Rancho Coastal Human Society's President, Jim Silveira and Chyba's owner Madeleine Pickens came up with the idea for the military working dogs memorial where Chyba was remembered.

See this tribute to Military/K-9 Dogs at MilitaryWorkingDogAdoptions.com which finds homes for retired military dogs and campaigns on issues surrounding their repatriation and adoption.

Pet type: Dog

Breed: German Shepherd Dog (Alsatian)

Born: 1999

Died: 30 Jul 2011

Owner: Madeleine Pickens


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Pet type: Dog

Breed: German Shepherd Dog (Alsatian)

Born: 1999

Died: 30 Jul 2011

Owner: Madeleine Pickens


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Pet type: Dog

Breed: German Shepherd Dog (Alsatian)

Born: 1999

Died: 30 Jul 2011

Owner: Madeleine Pickens


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