Military service dog reunited with former handler in Norfolk

Posted at 9:32 PM, Jul 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-05 15:18:50-04

NORFOLK, Va. - After being separated for more than a year, a military working dog named Freddy is finally back together with his former handler, Chad.

The two were reunited Sunday in Norfolk.military dog 2

They had worked together closely until Chad was sent back to the United States while Freddy continued working overseas.

Freddy finally retired from active military service on June 21 after serving multiple combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.  His job was to detect explosive devices, sniffing out everything from bombs and weapon caches to deadly IEDS.

After retiring, Freddy stayed overseas while Chad saved up to bring him to Norfolk where he's currently stationed with his wife and young daughter.

That's when the American Humane Association stepped in to bring Freddy to Chad.

military dog"They're best friends, they're their lifeline.  They're just like a brother in arms, so to be able to bring them home and reunite with them is something that you can't put a price on," said Jason Hagg, National Director of Military Affairs for the American Humane Association.

Chad says Freddy will get to enjoy his retirement with his own spot on the couch and a ton of toys.

The goal of the American Humane Association is to have more of these reunions.  If you'd like to help, click here.