A former U.S. Marine has reunited with his partner, a military Labrador Retriever, who he served with in Afghanistan in 2011.
Robert Hulsey and a black Lab named Jjoe, worked with each other detecting explosives and doing rounds in Marja, Afghanistan for 7 months in 2011.
Hulsey was reunited with Jjoe at Dallas Love Field last Tuesday.
Jjoe is retiring to live in a loving home where Hulsey lives with his wife, Rachel, and their baby, A.J.
Hulsey enlisted in the Marines in 2005. He started working with Jjoe after volunteering to work with military dogs before his second deployment to Afghanistan.
The partners were together at time of their service.
Jjoewas trained in explosives, hand and arm signals, verbal commands from a distance and off-leash control. IDDs usuallyexperience months of training to keep troops safe. They detect IEDs and help prevent and stop bomb attacks.
The procedure to adopt Jjoe has been long and complex. Robert Hulsey first filed paperwork for adoption in the fall of 2011. The process was delayed many times.
Hulsey found out thatJjoewas deployed again for a third time, but his service was cut short when he started having noise sensitivity issues. Despite that, he still remained in Afghanistan to work with the medical staff as a morale dog.
Rachel Hulsey said she’s excited to finally giveJjoe a safe and loving home.
“I just want him to relax,” she said. “I’m looking forward to him being a great dog to us and the baby.”
Robert Hulsey said he’d take Jjoe to a nearby park on their first evening together as a family.
The family bought Jjoe a new dog bed, a few tennis balls, and a military dog collar in the Marine Corps digital camp as welcome presents. It’s printed with the words: “SSGT. JJOE.” How sweet!
Source: Dallas News