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LEXINGTON, N.C. -- After almost two years and being thousands of miles apart, Sgt. Shane Strange has been reunited with a military dog he says was with him on some of his darkest days.

Strange adopted Julia, a German shepherd, from a U.S. Army base in Egypt earlier this year.

Strange says he spent every day of his nine-month tour in Egypt with the dog while serving in the National Guard.

Through the program Operation Baghdad Pups, SPCA International helps rescue and reunite patriot pets with service members.

Since 2008, the program has rescued more than 550 animals from countries in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.

The animals are reunited with members of all military branches.