Angels really are among us! A retiring Labrador military dog is set to reunite with his first handler thanks to a kind dog-loving flight attendant.
Molli Oliver is determined to fulfill a promise she made to a Marine she met at on a flight
Oliver met Marine Sgt. Andrew Mulherron on a plane back in April while she was working as a flight attendant.They chatted and she told him what she does in her spare time. Oliver volunteers at a German Shepherd rescue and transports dogs throughout the US to new homes.
The Marine opened up and told her his story – about Boone, a black Labrador Retriever. Boone was Mulherron’s first canine partner, and Mulherron was Boone’s first handler.
Oliver said the Marine hopes to adopt Boone when he retires “because he could never forget him.”
Mulherron forged a deep and lasting friendship with the Labrador Retriever. Oliver says “he never stops talking about Boone.”
Oliver and Mulherron became friends during the long flight. She also learned that the Marine had already discovered Boone’s whereabouts and that he might be retired soon. Mulherron hopes to adopt Boone as soon as he is released.
“I said, ‘Let me get him for you,’” Oliver said.
The Labrador, who is set to retire within the next few months, is currently at Fort Leonard Wood.
Boone, an IED detecting military dog, has helped save the lives of soldiers and his handler in war-torn areas like Iraq and Afghanistan.
Oliver met Boone Friday, at Fort Leonard Wood. She says once the Labrador is released, she plans to fly him in his own seat to San Francisco because he “deserves” to fly in the cabin and “not down below.”
Mulherron is currently deployed. Despite this, he still gets first “dibs” on Boone because he was the dog’s first handler.
John and Nuala Mulherron, Andrew’s parents, will take care of Boone in their home in San Francisco, California until the Marine comes back from his current deployment.
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