Soldier and His Military Dog Are Finally Reunited After Injuries in Afghanistan
A U.S. Army specialist and his military dog have been reunited after being separated for several months due to injuries sustained in Afghanistan.
Both were awarded Purple Hearts after being injured in December and underwent several months of treatment after being hit by an improvised explosive device, according to ABC.
Andrew Brown and Rocky, partners for two years, were reunited on March 18 in Bethesda, Maryland.
“Just excitement—it’s the only way I can describe it,” Brown said of the reunion, adding that it was the longest he and his dog had been apart.
“When the explosion first happened, I was more worried about him than myself,” Brown told ABC.
Rocky, who suffered a broken femur in one of his hind legs and some injuries to his tail, is doing well, according to ABC.
“I’ve known him longer than both of my sons have been alive,” Brown told ABC. “I think we make a pretty good team—you know, you’ve got to have 100 percent trust in your dog.”
Brown said he doesn’t know whether he’ll stay on active duty, or return to Fort Hood, in Texas.
“I’m just taking it day by day and hopefully I’ll be back there soon,” he said.
However, Brown plans to adopt Rocky if the dog medically retires. But if Rocky goes back to work “he’ll do great things,” he said.
Brown and Rocky spent their first weekend together in three months since the two reunited.