Local U.S. Marine reunites with bomb searching military dog
POSTED: Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 1:25pm
UPDATED: Friday, August 8, 2014 - 8:15am
HARLINGEN ,TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — After over three years apart, U.S. Marine Corps veteran Corporal Nick Caceres reunited today with Fieldy, the military Contract Working Dog (CWD) he served with in Afghanistan. The reunion took place at Valley International Airport in Harlingen, Texas.
“I trusted him with my life and he never me down,” said Caceres of his service with Fieldy in Afghanistan. “The bond we shared was so special and I’m so thankful to be able to adopt him and care for him in his retirement.”
CWD Fieldy, a black Labrador, specialized in locating and detecting improvised explosive devices (IEDs) alongside Caceres and his platoon. Fieldy served with Caceres on one seven-month combat deployment in Afghanistan in 2011. Caceres, a native of McAllen, Texas, served in the Marine Corps for four years. Before the reunion, the two had not seen each other since they returned from their Afghanistan tour in 2011.
Military dogs like Fieldy each save approximately 150 to 200 military service member lives during their deployment.
Caceres is adopting Fieldy to ensure he has a loving, forever home for his retirement and reintegration in the U.S. after serving his country.
“The bravery and sacrifice demonstrated by our soldiers and their canine partners is incredibly commendable,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane Association. “It is important to honor and protect all veterans returning home from war. We’re happy, with our partners at Mission K9 Rescue, to make the reunion of Cpl. Caceres and Fieldy possible.”
The public can help make more of these reunions possible by donating to American Humane Association: http://bit.ly/1mVb4Is.