It took almost three years for Vance McFarland to reunite with his four-legged friend who served with him in Afghanistan. Ikar, a Tactical Explosive Detection Dog, has been helping McFarland and his team in locating roadside bombs during their deployment.
“Sometimes were good, sometimes were stressful,” he told KTVB News. “Having Ikar definitely made it a lot more comfortable. Having a dog with you on deployment is almost like having a little bit of home.”
When the two returned home, Ikar was supposed to work on an independent contractor who said they had work for the dog — but allegedly failed to follow through. For nearly 17 months, Ikar lived in a kennel waiting for some work to show up.
But when K9 Rescue Mission started looking for a new home for, they flooded McFarland’s Facebook page with messages about the dog’s whereabouts. When he heard Ikar had been abandoned and saved, he was immediately on his way to adopt him. The video below demonstrates how nervous and excited Vance is when reuniting with the four-legged hero.
“He is going to live the rest of his retired life spoiled,” said McFarland in an interview. “Really spoiled.”
Ikar joined McFarland’s two other dogs in their happy home in Idaho.
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