Jared Heine was a former Marine. All he could talk about was how much he missed Spike, the K-9 partner who served with him in Afghanistan. He hasn’t seen his dog in three years.
Spike is a black Labrador dog with a record of service to his country as remarkable as any human’s.
Jared and the dog worked to clear the Marines’ patrol route of explosive devices. It was an especially hazardous job, and they developed an extremely close bond.
“We found a couple of IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices), unfortunately we did have three of them go off on us,” Jared said. “So he’s been through a lot, same as me.”
Jared was sent home to Louisiana after a series of brain injuries, and he had to leave the dog behind. Jared was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, and the dog was all he could think about.
“He was like my brother, my kid. He slept with me every day like we were inseparable,” said Jared.
With Jared constantly talking about how much he missed his dog, Jared’s mother, Mary, decided to see if she could track the dog down to help her son. She went online with the help of friends, and finally discovered that the dog was in Virginia.
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