U.S. Marine reunited with service dog that was trained in NC

HOUSTON, Texas — A U.S. Marine is finally back with the trusted service dog who worked alongside him in Afghanistan.

Corporal Joaquin Aranda met up with “Donna” at Houston’s Hobby Airport in Texas on Saturday.

The highly-trained yellow lab specializes in detecting explosives, but is now retiring from military service.

Aranda credits Donna with keeping him and his fellow Marines safe during a seven-month deployment.

Thanks to the American Humane Association and Mission K-9 Rescue, he was able to adopt her.

“Oh, I’m just hoping she loves the ponds, and the creeks and the woods and chasing squirrels, you know… just let her have as free and lazy a life as she can now that she’s out… lot’s of love,” he said.

Aranda trained with “Donna” in North Carolina, before partnering up with her overseas. Aranda is still on active-duty.

CNN contributed to this report.

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