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Deployed removed from residence in Iraq, his greatest buddy was his navy canine, a German shepherd named Tina.  When she retired and returned to america with out him, he knew at some point he must discover her.

Matthew Kropp of Shenandoah, Pennsylvania spent his deployment serving on the US Embassy in Baghdad since 2014.  Along with his associate, a German shepherd named Tina, the 2 protected the Embassy from explosives and different dangerous supplies from coming into the bottom.

Tina was retired from the navy in 2017 and returned to america.  Matthew missed his loyal associate and decided that when he had the prospect, he would discover Tina and attempt to undertake her.

He quickly returned to america and commenced his search by contacting K9 Hero Haven, a company in Herndon, Pennsylvania that adopts and locations navy working canine.  The group is managed by Anne Gibbs and has positioned over 200 retired canine with handlers and fight veterans since 2015.

Fortunately, Matthew’s effort paid off and preparations had been quickly made for him to undertake Tina.  One 12 months after she was retired, the day for his or her reunion got here.  Matthew hoped that Tina would keep in mind him.

Matthew didn’t want to fret as a result of Tina shortly ran to him and it was apparent the bond they shared was by no means damaged.  She fortunately licks him and will get her stomach rubbed and it’s merely lovable.  In keeping with Matthew, the reunion he had with Tina for the primary time in a 12 months was precisely what he had been hoping for.

“Sure, sure it was. Fortunately. Sure. It simply implies that she remembers me and we nonetheless have the tight bond that we had earlier than we obtained separated,” he mentioned

Matthew needs to repay Tina for all her onerous work and dedication.  Anne Gibbs mentioned:

“They’re defending folks on daily basis for eight years over there, in a struggle zone or in an space the place they danger their lives. Then to have the ability to see them come residence and spend all the remainder of her life together with his household, and being a canine and a household pet. It’s phenomenal.”

“She was my paycheck, to start with. Geez, with out her I wouldn’t be capable to reside. Now we are able to loosen up and retire and I can present that for her now in any case she’s supplied for me.”

We thank each of them for his or her service and are so glad that they had been reunited.  Please share their story with your loved ones and pals.