Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Best Friends From War Get Emotional Reunion After Being Apart For Two Years.

He'd Been Waiting For This Moment Forever

He'd Been Waiting For This Moment Forever

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He was anxiously waiting at the airport for hours, wondering how the reunion would go. It's been two years since he saw her, and he wasn't sure if she'd even recognize him. The flight finally arrived, and everyone started to come out, and when he saw her, making her way, he knelt down and signaled her. He'd been waiting for this moment for so long, and he would forever cherish this in his heart.

Work Friends

Work Friends

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Army Staff Sgt. Tom Hansen could've never predicted how strongly attached he'd become to Taylor the Labrador. Tom had been training to become a military service dog handler. Soon enough, he got deployed to Afghanistan. He had been to Iraq in the past, so this wasn't his first rodeo. Taylor the Labrador was a bomb-sniffing dog who'd been trained to find ammo, weapons, vehicles, and of course, bombs. But Tom and Taylor's relationship had become more than just "work buddies."

Relying On One Another

Relying On One Another

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Finally, Sgt. Tom and Taylor were off to their first mission, and they were just starting to get acquainted. Their first mission would prove to be an intricate one, as they were assigned to an 11-soldier special forces team, and went on a quest to search a mountain pass. Twenty minutes in, Taylor started acting strange, which meant she'd sniffed something. She started pinpointing a specific place, which alerted the soldier. He went on to find an IUD buried just inches away from his foot. This became quite an life lesson for him.

They Were Super Tight

They Were Super Tight

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That's when Sgt. Tom realized something crucial. “I learned from that day to always trust my dog and know that there is something there,” he said. Trust quickly turned into a super tight bond that kept both of them, (and their unit) safe from harm. Taylor kept on sniffing explosive traps and bombs left by insurgents. And if there was imminent trouble, Sgt. Tom would command Taylor to cover and hide. Once their missions were over, Taylor would always get a ball. Sgt. Tom believes it was Taylor who kept him alive on their missions.

The Lucky Few

The Lucky Few

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After becoming Taylor's handler, Sgt. Tom experienced several encounters with explosives that knocked him off, leaving him with wounds and concussions. He even admits, “I’m very lucky I came back with all my limbs.” But he's grateful of having had the best partner ever. He said, “I thank her for it. She’s who I have. It’s because of her I came back alive. I wouldn’t have asked for anybody else.” Once his two deployments to Afghanistan ended, he was finally done with active duty. Now he wanted Taylor to leave with him.

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