U.S. Army veteran David Broido and his dog Bones have been best buds since Broido brought him home 10 years ago.
Broido was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after his service. "It was pretty bad," he says, and he knew that he wanted a canine companion to help him with his recovery. So two years later, he rescued Bones as a puppy from a shelter and trained him to be a service dog. That, he explains, changed everything for him.
(In fact, it wasn't long before Broido's friends noticed Bones' impact on his mental well-being and started calling him Dr. Indiana Bones.)
Image via David Broido, used with permission.
Over the years, the pair did absolutely everything together.
They'd often dress up in full gear and go to cosplay events. And when they weren't doing that, they took road trips to fun places like the Whitewater Preserve in Whitewater, California, and the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve in Lancaster, California.
Bones taking it all in at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve. Image via David Broido, used with permission.
They also spent their days driving to over 200 historic film locations all across California.
Image via George Zerumski, used with permission.
"It doesn't really cost much to make somebody happy," he adds. "It costs a lot to make somebody angry or upset, you know what I mean? It costs way more to be stressful and angry than it does to just be happy."