A soldier from Missouri was reunited with the dog that saved his life this weekend.
FOX 2 in St Louis reports Army Specialist Brent Grommet and a German Shepherd named Matty worked as a bomb detection team in Afghanistan until a roadside blast in ended both their careers in June 2013.
Grommet filed papers to adopt Matty, and had it approved, but then for reasons still unclear, the army allowed someone else to adopt the dog.
Grommet had tried to get information on the people or person that adopted Matty. He wanted to explain to them the situation and try to get Matty back. But Grommet says all he got was the run around from the army.
‘I was starting to believe it wasn`t going to happen and then everything all of a sudden started turning around for the better,’ Grommet told FOX 2.
FOX 2’s story was picked up by the national media and soon, Matty was located.
North Carolina congressman Richard Hudson, who had heard about the story earlier in the week, used his contacts to find the dog and persuaded the family that adopted Matty to return him to Grommet.
Over the weekend Grommet and Matty met again, this time in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
“He went as fast as he physically could over to me, about tackled me to the ground and we were just rolling around having a good time,” Grommet said.
Grommet gets out of the army in two months, but is trying to arrange it so Matty can live with him on base at Fort Campbell, KY, until his army service ends.