Army vet adopts bomb-sniffing dog he served with in Afghanistan after being separated for six years

Mail Online | 2/4/2019 | Associated Press
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An Indiana veteran has been reunited with the bomb-sniffing dog he served with in Afghanistan after he adopted the now-retired canine.

Army veteran Joseph Steenbeke served nearly a year in Afghanistan with a Belgian Malinois named Tess, who rarely left his side.

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Steenbeke, a former Tactical Explosive Detective Dog (TEDD) handler, got only minutes to say goodbye to his canine partner when his tour ended in February 2013.

Steenbeke then spent years trying to adopt the now 11-year-old dog, who went on to serve with the Connecticut National Guard before her retirement last week.

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On Saturday, Steenbeke and his wife, Stephanie, returned home in Culver, Indiana, after picking up Tess in Newtown, Connecticut, the South Bend Tribune reported.

The playful canine is now getting used to her new home in the northern Indiana town of Culver, about 30 miles south of South Bend.

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'We're just looking forward to giving her a good retirement life. She's worked so hard her entire life now she gets to sit back and have fun and live like...
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