Who doesn’t love a good reunion story, especially when it involves a servicemember? And a dog. Well, this one is no exception.
U.S. Marine Nick Montez has finally brought home Mally, the bomb-sniffing dog he served with while in Afghanistan. The duo was separated after they returned to the United States, when Montez was honorably discharged from the Marines in 2013, and Mally’s continued to serve at Lackland Air Force Base.
Then came the long-awaited letter from Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, informing Montez that Mally was finished with her service and she was ready to be brought to Montez’s home in Lewiston, Idaho.
The residents of Lewiston turned out in force to honor the military service of the duo. Idaho State Police and the Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office escorted Montez and Mally into town, surrounded by a hundred folks lining the Memorial Bridge.
“To come into town and see that…. It was pretty powerful to me; it was pretty nice,” said Montez.
And now, Mally’s days of sniffing for bombs will be substituted with sniffing grass, trails and campfires.
“We’re going to be going to the river, and we’re going to be going camping, and we’re going to do a lot of fun stuff together.”
With the financial assistance of non-profit Mission K9 Rescue, which focuses on service dogs, Montez flew to Texas to pick Mally up. Montez received many other donations to help with Mally’s transition, which Montez has decided to donate to the Lewis-Clark Animal Shelter, as well as Mission K9 Rescue.
Although the process of adopting Mally was long and arduous, Montez refused to give up.
“There were a few nights where I took to some heavy drinking and crying and stuff like that, just being a mess,” he said.
The 9-year-old yellow lab has several medical issues and a thick medical file. But, thankfully, none of the issues are debilitating.