At this time of year we are particularly conscious of the soldiers who are stationed around the world, risking their lives to keep us safe. A lot of them won’t be spending Christmas with their families.
But what many of us don’t know is the number of military dogs who work alongside our soldiers risking their lives to keep their companions safe.
Matthew Kropp knows all about the value of military dogs after working alongside his faithful four-legged friend Tina for three years while stationed in Iraq.
But in December 2017 Matthew received the devastating news that his sweet Tina was too old to serve and had to be retired. He never thought he’d see his beloved companion again.
Matthew spent years in Iraq working to protect the United States embassy and with Tina by his side they prevented explosives from entering the embassy.
Matthew credits the beloved German Shepherd for keeping him alive during his time in Iraq.
“Without her I wouldn’t be able to live,” he says.
Matthew eventually returned home to the U.S. and was reunited with his wife and children. But he didn’t feel complete without his trusted companion.
That’s where K9 Hero Haven comes in. This organization works hard to find loving homes for retired military dogs and since 2015 has adopted 200 military dogs.
Anne Gibbs, who runs K9 Hero Haven, and recognizes the sacrifice these dogs make for their country, was able to arrange a special reunion for Tina and Matthew.
It’s clear from the video below how excited Matthew is to see Tina again.
See these two enjoy an exciting reunion in the video below.