Murph, a two-year-old yellow Labrador retriever, was raised in Heathsville by volunteer puppy raisers Bryna Brennan and Eliot Levinson for Canine Companions for Independence. They raised him from the time he was 8 weeks old until he was one and a half years old, teaching him basic commands and socialization. After that, he was sent to the Canine Companions Northeast Regional Headquarters on Long Island where he learned over 40 advanced commands over the next 6 months.
But Murph has more to him than being a trained protector and more. He has a legacy to uphold. Murph was named in honor of Lt. Michael Murphy, a Navy Seal and recipient of the Medal of Honor (posthumously), who was killed in action while trying to call for help on a satellite phone in the effort to rescue his unit who had been ambushed behind enemy lines. “Lone Survivor” is the Hollywood rendition of the events of Lt. Murphy’s heroic deeds.
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