Recently a series of touching photos emerged on media showing a dog chasing soldiers on patrol. The images quickly gained popularity across countries including Korea, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam leaving people intrigued about the story, behind this heartwarming incident.
Some online users shared their assumptions that the dog was a stray who caught the attention of the soldiers during their mission and willingly followed them.
However according to an article by Los Tiempos these photographs were actually taken by photographer Luis Fernando Chumacero in Tupiza, Bolivia during the quarantine period. The military vehicle seen in the pictures was conducting patrols to ensure compliance with health regulations.
As for the canine companion named Gorda she is not a stray roaming the streets but rather a cherished member of the barracks. Each unit of soldiers adopts dogs who live and train alongside them.
Colonel Luis Pacheco, Director of Army Logistics IV Department explained that Gorda holds a place as an emblem, for their division. When the Covid 19 pandemic began Gorda started following pandemic troops during their patrols out of her own accord.
When the soldiers, in the vehicle noticed how eager he was to come they quickly grabbed his “brother”. Followed suit. It was by chance that the photographers camera captured this scene.
Just as Gorda hopped into the vehicle another grey dog swiftly ran over. Joined in. This other dog goes by the name Multicam. Serves as the mascot, for a division.
During the discussion some adjustments were made to the photograph featuring both dogs. Internet users should appreciate how incredibly adorable both dogs are and how they have managed to bring happiness to people despite these times of an epidemic.