Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

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

Saying Goodbye

Saying Goodbye

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Usually, dog handlers get to call dibs on adopting their dogs once they're not on duty anymore, but when it was time for Sgt. Tom to take Taylor with him, he realized someone else needed her bomb-sniffing abilities. Sadly, Taylor stayed and that left Sgt. Tom completely heartbroken. He said, "When they save your life that many times, they become part of your family." He added, "It’s so hard to let them go. That’s the hardest part of being a dog handler."

Going Back Was Tough

Going Back Was Tough

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Once Sgt. Tom went back home to the U.S., he was stationed at a Missouri base. Soon enough, he got into a relationship with Army Staff Sgt. Emily Donner who was a field medic, and had also served with him in Afghanistan. While she was stationed far away, at a Georgia base, the two made their long distance relationship work and eventually, got engaged. The happy couple moved to Boise, Idaho, which is Sgt. Tom's hometown. But Taylor was still in his heart and memories.

A Trooper

A Trooper

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Finally, Taylor was able to retire from active duty when she turned 10 years old. She hadn't seen Sgt. Tom in over two years, back when they were both stationed in Afghanistan. But as soon as Sgt. Tom realized she was about to retire, he insisted that he wanted her to come live with him. As usual, things aren't always that simple. When a soldier calls dibs on a dog, they must cover their transportation bills, which is extremely expensive and he simply couldn't afford it. Luckily, someone else could.

Heaven-Sent

Heaven-Sent

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Animal lover, Molli Oliver, who's a fight attendant for United Airlines began helping retired military dogs meet up with their handlers in the US, by lending a helping hand. This prompted armed forces to have the utmost respect for the lady who's reuniting dogs with their new families, and she's the one covering all the expenses. She has been able to reunite three families already, and when she heard about Taylor and Sgt. Tom's story, she knew she needed to do something about it.

Waiting Was Eternal

Waiting Was Eternal

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To reunite Taylor with Sgt. Tom, Molli had to fly to the base where the Labrador was being kept after coming back from Afghanistan. As soon as she picked her up, she got first-class seats for both Taylor and herself. Finally, they landed in Boise. Molli quickly made her way through the airport to meet up with Sgt. Tom. The second Taylor spotted him, she ran into his arms. Everyone was tearing up.

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