A heartbreaking photo shows the moment a U.S. airman said goodbye to his best friend, his 11-year-old military working dog. 

According to Inside Edition, the 11-year-old German shepherd, Bodza, had to be put down last week due to health problems. 

His owner, Air Force service member Kyle Smith, draped Old Glory over Bodza after he comforted the pup in his final moments.

"I held him in my arms the entire time. I’ve never cried that much my entire life," said Smith. 

Bodza served alongside Smith on his 2012 deployment to Kyrgyzstan. Smith's superiors surprised him with the adoption papers a few years later when Bodza retired from service.

Watch the report from Inside Edition below.