I am pretty sure some of you will agree that the moniker – “man’s best friend” sometimes does not do justice to what dogs mean to us. They are family – plain and simple – and as family, we are there for them and they are there for us.
Take for example the case of US Air Force Staff Sgt. Adam Wylie, a native of Bethel, Ohio and his former partner – Emra, a 9-year old retired military dog.
Sgt. Wylie was deployed to South Korea 25 days after his daughter was born. So you could just imagine how lonely he was leaving his wife and newborn daughter behind to serve our country.
Then came Emra. Sgt. Wylie was partnered up with Emra during his service in South Korea. They worked 12-hour shifts conducting security checks whenever military VIPs visit, even including President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
Emra is the first individual that Sgt. Adam Wylie came into contact with. Little did he know that it was the beginning of a strong bond between the two of them. Being away from his family, Sgt. Wiley turned to Emra for emotional support and Emra was more than willing to console the lonely new father.
Now that Emra has retired from military service, Sgt. Wylie has adopted her so that he can continue to show her the love and affection that she deserves not only for serving the American people, but to the companionship that she happily provided Sgt. Wylie during his dark and lonely days.
American Humane organized the reunion for the two veterans which led Sgt Wylie to shed tears once he saw Emra. They have been separated for 3 years and now that they are back together, Sgt. Wylie has vowed to give Emra a happily life during her twilight years.
See the emotional reunion below: