Soldier Reunited with his Dog


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NASHUA, IA – We first met Charlie last October when he arrived to his new home in Nashua. Charlie, the then puppy was rescued by Private First Class Steven Lemaire who adopted the stray dog while he was serving in Afghanistan.

And to get his puppy home to Iowa, Steven worked with an organization called the Puppy Rescue Mission.

While Steven was happy the pup was with his family, he says saying goodbye to Charlie was not easy.

“As soon as I saw the car drive by, I just thought… dang it. The only thing that feels normal is now gone,” recalls Steven.

But, Wednesday night, things got better.

“He just perked up, he was tired so he didn’t move much but yeah it was really nice, we still got that connection I guess you could say,” he says of his reunion with Charlie.

Steven is trying to spend as much time with Charlie as he can right now, because he says as much as he and his wife would like to take the dog back to Washington, where Steven lives, they think it’s best he stays in Iowa, and enjoys his life on the farm.

“You just can’t take a dog away from all of that especially if he’s going to be living alone, so we thought it would be best if we were to just leave him here.”

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