Marines bomb-sniffing dog retires to new home

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POSTED: Monday, August 11, 2014 - 4:07pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 7:14am

A Marine Corps bomb-sniffing dog is home after he was adopted by his handler. 

We brought you Fieldy's reunion last week at the Harlingen airport. That was the first time he had seen Nick Caceres in three years. They had done a tour of duty in Afghanistan together.

Now, the seven-year-old black lab no longer needs to serve his country. Fieldy can chase toys instead of finding explosives. 

"There's no schedule here. He can lay around, and sleep if he wants. Or play with his toys," Caceres said. "Whatever he wants to do, because he's retired."

Fieldy did four tours of duty overseas. Only one of those was with Caceres. Caceres tried for years to adopt Fieldy, but it's a complicated process. Fieldy needed to finish his job. 

"He's going to get used until they feel it's time to retire him," Caceres said. "You're just waiting and waiting hoping that nothing happens to him, because he is in harm's way."

Luckily, Fieldy has never been hurt. Fieldy used to sleep cotside next to Caceres in Afghanistan. When they rode in the Humvee, Caceres would lay down some cardboard to make it more comfortable for the canine. Caceres was just returning the favor. 

 

"You could have a horrible day, and he would be there wagging his tail," Caceres said. "And he just makes it easier, because you're away from home, you're at war... Having a dog wagging his tail just kind of eases it."

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