When a dog serves in the military for an extended period of time, he or she often develops an unshakable bond with their handler. Military working dogs and their handlers go through so much together, but eventually, they’re often torn apart.
Military dogs can only serve for so long before they have to retire, and likewise, handlers retire at various points in their careers. It’s a hard thing to go through losing your best companion, but it’s the reality that many working dogs face.
One 9-year-old German Shepherd, Atilla, was ripped apart from his favorite human, Jacob Varela, when Varela left the U.S. Marine Corps. The two were first introduced in 2014 and for three years, they did everything together.
Years passed and eventually, Atilla was set to retire. The trained tracker dog was at the end of his career in service, which begged the question: What would he do next? Nearing his golden years, Atilla would need a loving home to support him in his old age and meet all his needs.
The non-profit helps retired working dogs find suitable homes and they spent thousands of dollars working with Atilla and Varela to reunite them.
Watch the touching moment below: