When Sergeant Jacob Fisher was on a seven-month deployment in Bagram, Afghanistan, in 2015, he never expected that by the time it was over, he would bring home a dog.
But while the active-duty Marine was fighting for his country overseas, he found his best friend in the process. After getting called about a creature caught inside an animal trap on his base, he found a tiny puppy inside and took him in. It only took a week for him to decide that the little guy, who he named Jax, would be coming back to the U.S. with him.
Fisher was in the United States Marine Corps for almost 11 years when he completed his third tour to the Middle East.
He was missing his son when Jax came along. That’s when Fisher says the puppy “lifted his spirits” and made his days much more bearable.
The pair quickly became inseparable and Jax’s presence at the base made everyone feel happier.
Fisher knew his couldn’t leave his newfound friend behind, so he arranged with the SPCA to transport Jax to the U.S. through their Operation Baghdad Pups program.
The program helps reunite military servicemen or women with dogs or cats that they bond with overseas by rescuing them and bringing them back the U.S.
When Fisher returned home, he finally got to see Jax again after waiting almost three months. Watch their heartwarming reunion below.
(via Little Things)
I’m so happy that Fisher now gets to keep Jax for the rest of his life! To learn more about the program that made all this possible, click here, and be sure to share this sweet story of friendship with everyone you know!
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