JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – He has served his country.  He has served his county.  And now, K-9 Officer Cowboy, a black Labrador Retriever, is calling it a career.

What a career!  Two tours in Afghanistan as a Marine Corp bomb detection dog were followed by almost five-years as a member of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department.

At Monday night’s Campbell County Commission meeting, Campbell County Mayor E.L. Morton (L) presented Captain Jeremy Goins(C) with a proclamation for Cowboy honoring the K-9 for his service and retirement as Sheriff Robbie Goins (R) looks on.

Cowboy’s partner, Captain Jeremy Goins, recalls a lot of good times together along with working lots of cases together.  One memorable highlight is when Goins and Cowboy were a part of President’s Trump detail on his last visit to Knoxville.

Cowboy’s legacy lives on at the CCSD.  Three new dogs, Santo, Mya, and Daisy, are carrying on the tradition.

Goins describes Cowboy’s retirement as bittersweet and heart breaking.  Though there is an upside in that Cowboy will continue to live with Goins, his wife, and two sons at their Davis Chapel home.

Cowboy has his own outside kennel.  However, he’s quick to point out, with a chuckle, that the nine and a half year old has never stepped foot inside it.  Goins says Cowboy’s usual sleeping spot is beside one of their beds.  He adds that it means a lot to him and his family to care for Cowboy.

CLICK HERE to see more photos.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 06/19/2018-6AM)