A military working dog was given a forever home when he reunited with his Air Force handler after being separated for nearly a year.
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Amanda Cubbage reunited with her military working dog, Rick, Tuesday morning in Tucson, where she is based at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.
“It’s getting part of your heart back,” Cubbage said.
It wasn’t just leaving her partner behind, she explained, but leaving all of the experiences, the job and everything they went through together. Cubbage has served for nine years.
“It was definitely harder knowing that there was a possibility I’d never see him again,” she said. “And you’re always sad about it, but it’s kind of an unwritten thing you have to be prepared for.”
Cubbage and Rick were separated when Cubbage completed her duty in South Korea and was sent back to the United States. They worked together from Oct. 1, 2015 to Sept. 19, 2016.
They were in charge of detecting explosives and making sure on-base areas were secure.
Rick, a German Shepherd, kept working in South Korea until he was medically retired earlier this year due to several dental surgeries that were affecting his performance, according to Cubbage.
She had kept in contact with Osan Air Base, where she was stationed in South Korea, constantly asking for updates on Rick.
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