Jenna Canada

SENIOR AIRMAN JENNA CANADA, the daughter of Dean and Nena Canada of Woburn, is now reunited with her old friend, Akim. The two served together in South Korea. One day while on patrol, Akim suffered an allergic reaction, the American Humane reports. Canada immediately responded getting Akim the attention he needed to make a full recovery. Now retired, Akim has been reunited with his former handler, Canada. It is a program American Humane is proud of ... reuniting military service dogs with their handlers upon retirement. The American Humane story was recently released in People Magazine. Jenna Canada is a 2017 Woburn Memorial High School graduate who grew up in the Park Street area. Senior Airman Canada is still actively serving with the United States Air Force.

WOBURN - The City of Woburn’s Veterans Agent, Bob Davis, proudly pointed out recently that the daughter of a Woburn family was hightlighted in a recent People Magazine story.

The story features Senior Airman Jenna Canada who served as a Military Dog Handler.

While serving, Canada helped save her partner, Akim, from a severe allergic reaction while the pair served together in South Korea, the People Magazine article points out.

Now, however, the two will never have to be apart again, as the two are now reunited at Canada’s home in New Mexico.

Davis was quick to point out that Canada is the daughter of Dean and Nena Canada of Woburn.

According to an American Humane release authored by Savannah Young (released Thursday, July 14), military working dog Akim recently retired from his duties and will live out his golden years with his best friend and former handler, Senior Airmen Jenna.

On July 12, Akim and Jenna shared an emotional reunion in Albuquerque, New Mexico, after almost a year apart.

The duo served together in South Korea, where they patrolled their air base, searched vehicles, and trained with the Republic of Korea Air Force Special Forces. During their service, the pair's bond strengthened after a life-threatening incident.

While partnered with Jenna, Akim swallowed a bee and experienced a severe allergic reaction. In response, Jenna jumped into action, picking up the 70-pound dog and running him to the base's veterinarian.

"I don't care about me. I care about my dog. I just wanted to make sure that he was as comfortable as he could possibly be," Jenna, recalling the traumatic event, said in a statement. "No one is going to care as much about him as me."

To aid in his recovery and keep him company, Jenna spent several nights sleeping in Akim's kennel while he healed from the allergic reaction. She also started carrying an EpiPen. After the intense ordeal, Jenna knew she wanted to give Akim a forever home when the dog retired.

In November 2021, Akim and Jenna parted ways professionally, but they never forgot about their commitment to each other. So when Akim officially retired this year, Jenna was there to adopt her former partner.

American Humane helped transport Akim from South Korea to Albuquerque, New Mexico, so he could reunite with Jenna and start the next chapter of his life.

"I want him to see everything," Jenna said. "I want him to experience the freedom of life. I want him to go in a river and go swimming and just live his best free life. He still deserves to see the world and get to have some fun."

It is common for retired military working dogs to have medical issues after performing their highly physical jobs, and American Humane helps them live comfortably by providing free specialty and preventative medical care.

"We at American Humane honor the lifesaving contributions of all veterans, including the four-legged military dogs who risk their lives to courageously serve our country," Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane, said in a statement. "We are thrilled Akim will get the retirement he deserves, alongside the person who loves him most."

Canada, a 2017 Woburn Memorial High School graduate and former Park Street area resident, is still active in the U.S. Air Force.

(For more on this and other similar stories visit:

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