A U.S. Marine veteran by the name of Sgt. Jacob Varela reunited with his old military dog, a german shepherd named Attila. Jacob had worked with the 8-year-old dog for three years in a special operations unit. The two had a very strong connection to each other but had not seen each other for about two years.
Jacob talks about his experience with Attila fondly. “We were together for everything everywhere I went out in the field…If I was drinking water, he was drinking water; he’s an actual teammate.”
U.S. Marine Jacob Varela had a deep bond with his K9
Many may not know the true requirements of a military dog. They perform demanding and exhausting tasks alongside their human comrades. Jacob learned that Attila had gotten to the point where he needed to retire, as happens for all military dogs at some point. When he learned this, Jacob already knew he wanted to adopt his old friend.
A group by the name of Mission K-9 Rescue was able to help out. They do whatever it takes to bring canine heroes and their handlers back together again.
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Kristen Maurer, Mission K-9 Rescue, knew her responsibility in making sure these two teammates were back together again. “These dogs serve with these guys, there’s a bond that we can’t understand,” she says.
Jacob is now out of the Marines and is a full-time student. While he continues to work hard for his college degree, his forever friend Attila is enjoying a much-deserved retirement. In the comfort of his new home with Jacob!
Take a look at the news coverage of this heartwarming story below! It includes some brief interviews with Jacob as well as footage of the two finally meeting again.
This story originally appeared at Do You Remember by Jane Kenney.
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