The troops helped nurse Rufus and Target back to health and celebrated their courage. "They earned the right to be treated like soldiers, so that's exactly how we treated them," Sgt. Young says.

When he talks about what the dogs did that night, Sgt. Young breaks down in tears. "If the dogs wouldn't have been there that night, to be honest with you, I really don't even want to think what would have transpired," he says. "[The bomber] would have killed a lot of my friends."

Watch Sgt. Young talk about the night Sasha, Rufus and Target saved his life. Watch

Sgt. Young survived the explosion, but there was another battle still ahead—getting Rufus and Target out of Afghanistan. Flying an animal to the States from a foreign country involves a lot of red tape, so Sgt. Young was forced to leave these heroes behind. "When we were leaving Afghanistan, I knew this would probably be the last time I would ever see Target or Rufus," he says. "I just thought they were two of the most absolutely amazing dogs that I had ever encountered."


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