At first glance, Chopper seems like an ordinary dog — but he has a story to tell.
He’s actually a highly trained stealth warrior, who was once a four-footed soldier for the U.S. Navy Seals.
For the last 8 years, Chopper and his partner, former U.S. Navy Seal Trevor Maroshek, have been inseparable — they’ve trained together, fought together, and even surfed together. They’ve also saved each other’s lives.
Now in retirement, Chopper works as a therapy dog, helping Trevor heal from the psychological and physical wounds of war. Trevor founded the non-profit Seal Dog Foundation to provide veterans with these K-9 superheroes as service dogs, too.
The one hour Smithsonian Channel special Seal Dog tells their story, which earned the pair a visit to the White House last year.
“These dogs have saved hundreds and hundreds of lives,” Vice President Joe Biden says in the special. “They’re amazing animals, and there’s a lot of people home today, healthy, because of a dog.”
Watch Seal Dog Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the Smithsonian Channel.