Two Marines are reunited with the service dogs they worked with overseas

With the help of American Humane, two Marines are reunited with their service dogs after a long journey from Okinawa, Japan, to Texas. One Marine has since retired, the other is active duty. Here is their video!

 Marines Dalton Stone and Isaac Weissand have reunited with their K-9 partners after nearly two years apart. The two men met while serving in the K-9 unit in Okinawa, Japan, where they bonded deeply with their German Shepherds, Aida and Poker. They stayed friends through their service, marriages and the birth of Stone's first child. Their bond grew over their shared sense of duty and love for dogs.

"'Who wants to play with dogs' is what they said. And I love dogs," Weissand said. "I grew up with dogs. So I was like, 'I'm cool with that. I'll do it.'"

Stone was paired with Aida, a female German Shepherd drug-sniffing dog, known for her calm and cool personality. Weissand was matched with Poker, a high-energy male German Shepherd trained in bomb detection and protection.

They spent countless hours working and training together, forming deep connections.

When it was time to return home, the dogs had to stay behind to continue their service. Stone even tried to start the adoption paperwork before leaving Japan just so she could leave on record that he wanted to keep Aida. Not even the Pacific Ocean could keep them apart.

With help from American Humane, a non-profit animal welfare group, the Marines navigated the extensive government paperwork to bring the dogs back to the U.S. once the K-9s retired from service.

Funded by donations, the dogs made their way from Okinawa to Tyler, Texas, via four plane rides and a car ride traveling through Tokyo, Los Angeles, San Diego and North Texas.

Stone said he is looking forward to civilian life with Aida and his growing family.

"She was part of my life for two plus years, two and a half years almost ... it's very rewarding that she gets to come back and I get to help her relive the rest of her life," said Stone.

Military dog with owner

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