After years separated, an Army bomb-sniffing dog and her handler were reunited last week. Donna, a 6-year-old Belgian Malinois and retired Tactical Explosive Detective Dog (TEDD), is back together with her handler U.S. Army Specialist Tyler Roberts after four long years. Watch this great video below which shares the story of Donna and her handler Roberts.
The Army bomb-sniffing dog and handler Roberts were deployed in Afghanistan together. During their tour, Roberts and Donna found hundreds of pounds of ammonium nitrate and as a result, protected dozens of people from harm.
When Roberts and combat dog Donna returned in Sept. 2011 following their tour, they were separated. Immediately after their separation, the Army bomb-sniffing dog's handler began searching for her whereabouts.
"We separated in September 2011, and I tried to follow her career so that I could adopt her after she retired, but I could never get a straight answer as to her whereabouts," Roberts said.
Once she returned from Afghanistan, the Tactical Explosive Detective Dog - along with 10 other TEDD's - were adopted by an unlicensed private contracting company. That company then abandoned the Belgian Malinois and other military dogs at Mt. Hope Kennels in Richmond, Va.
According to a story in USA Today, the owner of Mt. Hope Kennels, Greg Meredith, took the dogs in with the understanding that their stay at the kennel would not exceed two months. After a 15-month stay, however, Donna and the other dogs were handed over to the United States War Dogs Association in Burlington, N.J. and Mission K9 Rescue of Houston, Texas.
The organization - Mission K9 Rescue - was responsible for reuniting Donna and Roberts. "Our goal is to reunite all of the handlers and soldiers with their war dogs. We love to make that happen for them," said Kristen Maurer, president of Mission K-9 Rescue in Houston.
Roberts said he's thrilled to be able to spend every day with his little buddy again. "I owe her my life and I intend to spoil her for the remainder of hers," said Roberts.
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