- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 5, 2016

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A sailor and a military working dog have reunited after spending nearly a year apart.

The Virginian-Pilot (https://bit.ly/29fjFJC ) reports that Petty Officer 1st Class Chad Perez was reunited with Freddy, a German shepherd, on Sunday after he agreed to adopt his former comrade.

American Humane Association spokesman Mark Stubis says the two were paired a few years ago when Perez was stationed at a U.S. military base in Naples, Italy. The two spent about a year and a half working together before Perez was stationed in Norfolk.

Perez agreed to adopt the former war dog after it retired on June 21.

National director of military affairs for the American Humane Association Jason Haag says the association is determined to unite military handlers with their canine veterans whenever possible.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, https://pilotonline.com

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