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Military service dog, handler reunited after 3 years apart

A military service dog and its handler are reunited three years after forming a bond while serving in Afghanistan.

Patrick Sullivan, 29, told ABC News 4 he first met Callie, a trained Improvised Explosive Detection service dog, during a period of nine months of implementation in 2012.

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The bond between the two grew as they worked to detect explosives during their mission in Afghanistan. When Sullivan’s deployment ended, he said that he never forgot his four-legged colleague.

“Say goodbye to her the first time when I don’t think I’d ever see her again was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do,” he told ABC News 4.

Three years later, one of his friends was a picture of Callie on the Mission K9 Rescue Facebook page, who said she was one of the 12 so-called “war dogs” left in the lurch by the government contractor.

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“My buddy messaged me on Facebook and says hey I think I found your dog,” he said. “I’m on Bagram Airfield, and I call my parents and I thought, hey, listen, I liked Callie, I don’t care what you have to do, but make sure you go for her.”

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Sullivan told ABC News 4 his parents encouraged Callie until he was done with the active service.

“They saved my life and they helped save the lives of other soldiers,” he said in the tv channel. “So, the opportunity to offer her a home and the comfort after she was finished with work it was the best thing I could do for her.”

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