As an ex-marine, Stephanie Herfel, of Madison, Wisconsin, has faced challenges. She also knows the importance of comradeship in those tough moments. But in perhaps her greatest battle, it was her pet husky that stood up to be Herfel’s savior. It was a telling example of woman’s best friend delivering on that title.
There was certainly no indication that the pooch, named Sierra, was anything more than a regular dog when she first arrived with her new owner. Herfel took the Siberian husky on after her son, Sierra’s original owner, was posted overseas as a part of his duties with the U.S. Air Force. Sierra was just nine months old at the time.