Injured soldier and dog recover side by side in hospital

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Together in battle, together in recovery.

A Fort Hood soldier and his military dog are inseparable even while staying in the hospital.

According to the 89th Military Police Brigade's Facebook page, SPC Andrew Brown and his dog Rocky were searching a structure in early December in Southern Afghanistan when an IED detonated, injuring both partners.

Rocky suffered shrapnel wounds and a broken leg.

Hundreds of thousands have been touched by the photo of Rocky, seen lying in a bed  with a Purple Heart around his neck.  Many sending their well-wishes and thanks for their service on Facebook.

An updated post said that SPC Brown was released from the hospital, and met his family at Walter Reed.

Rocky is expected to return to Fort Hood in a few weeks.

The photos prove to many that "man's best friend" is also a soldier's best comrade.