The adorable moment when Air Force dog Xxanthe is reunited with his handler

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The adorable moment when a military dog ​​was reunited with her former owner for retirement after a reassignment and a year of separation has been captured on video.

Military dog ​​Xxanthe served 18 months alongside K-9 handler US Air Force Sergeant Wade Alfson in undisclosed locations in the Middle East in 2019 and 2020.

The couple got divorced when SSgt. Alfson was reassigned to Hawaii in early 2020 and they spent a year apart, serving on opposite sides of the world.

The adorable moment when a military dog ​​was reunited with her former owner for retirement after being reassigned and separated for a year was captured on video

Military dog ​​Xxanthe served 18 months alongside K-9 handler US Air Force Sergeant Wade Alfson in 2019 and 2020

The adorable moment when a military dog ​​was reunited with her former owner for retirement after being reassigned and separated for a year was captured on video

Military dog ​​Xxanthe served 18 months in 2019 and 2020 alongside K-9 handler US Air Force Sergeant Wade Alfson.  The pair is pictured above in service.

Military dog ​​Xxanthe served 18 months in 2019 and 2020 alongside K-9 handler US Air Force Sergeant Wade Alfson. The pair is pictured above in service.

The 10-year-old Belgian Malinois retired due to old age after a lifetime of service in detecting IEDs, with an impressive reputation for saving lives.

Xxanthe was reunited with her beloved handler in Honolulu, Hawaii, earlier this month, May 5, to enjoy a well-deserved retirement.

ssgt. Alfson, 25, said: ‘The first few moments I saw Xxanthe again was pretty much exactly how I wanted it to go.

“At first I was a little worried about what she would be like, but once she was around she knew exactly who I was and jumped at me.

Xxanthe was reunited with her beloved handler in Honolulu, Hawaii earlier this month, May 5, to enjoy a well-deserved retirement

Xxanthe was reunited with her beloved handler in Honolulu, Hawaii earlier this month, May 5, to enjoy a well-deserved retirement

ssgt.  Alfson, 25, said: 'The first few moments I saw Xxanthe again was pretty much exactly how I wanted it to go'

ssgt. Alfson, 25, said: ‘The first few moments I saw Xxanthe again was pretty much exactly how I wanted it to go’

The pair pictured above in service

The pair pictured above in service

Wade and Xxanthe on duty.. The adorable moment when a military dog ​​was reunited with her former handler for retirement after being reassigned and separated for a year was captured on video

“That felt great because there’s always the fear that they’ll forget you, but she sure remembered me and was happy to see me.

‘She is such a caring and charismatic dog – she was the morale for all the soldiers who served together and we all loved her.

The sergeant, of Vancouver, Washington, enlisted in the United States Army at the age of 18 to uphold his family legacy of military service, after his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who all served before him

The sergeant, of Vancouver, Washington, enlisted in the United States Army at the age of 18 to uphold his family legacy of military service, after his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who all served before him

“I told them I was adopting her and they were so excited that she was going to retire and be with me again.

“And what a place to retreat to—I live two minutes from the beach, so Xxanthe, me and my other dog will take trips there to hang out.”

Xxanthe joins Ssgt. Alfson and his other dog, six-year-old Belgian Malinois Kyra, who failed K-9 military training because he didn’t like loud noises.

The sergeant, of Vancouver, Washington, enlisted in the United States Army at age 18 to uphold his family legacy of military service, after his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who all served before him.

When he was ordered to permanently change military bases to Hawaii Ssgt. Alfson was forced to leave Xxanthe behind in the Middle East, but he could never forget his faithful companion.

ssgt. Alfson said: “After I left, I continued to harass the officers at her base saying ‘she’s an old girl, she’s ready to retire now’ and tried to get the ball rolling.

xanthe will join Ssgt.  Alfson and his other dog, six-year-old Belgian Malinois Kyra who failed K-9 military training because he didn't like loud noises

xanthe will join Ssgt. Alfson and his other dog, six-year-old Belgian Malinois Kyra who failed K-9 military training because he didn’t like loud noises

Wade and Xxanthe on duty.  Military dog ​​Xxanthe served 18 months alongside K-9 handler US Air Force Sergeant Wade Alfson in secret locations in the Middle East in 2019 and 2020

Wade and Xxanthe on duty. Military dog ​​Xxanthe served 18 months alongside K-9 handler US Air Force Sergeant Wade Alfson in secret locations in the Middle East in 2019 and 2020

American Humane is a national animal welfare organization and has a military program that specializes in protecting military dogs

American Humane is a national animal welfare organization and has a military program that specializes in protecting military dogs

“I kept in touch with everyone and when the time came they kept me updated and made sure I was number one to get her.

“It was a burden off my shoulders to get help from American Humane because being here in the midst of COVID makes getting on and off the island a pain, especially traveling across multiple states and traveling with a dog.” .

“But with their help, the logistics were painless, streamlined and she’s here now — it’s exactly what I wanted, I couldn’t thank them enough.”

American Humane is a national animal welfare organization with a military program that specializes in protecting military dogs.

The organization recognizes that military handlers and their K-9 counterparts form unbreakable bonds on the battlefield, but unfortunately are often separated when one of them retires or is reassigned.

They track down retired military dogs and organize and fund their reunion with former handlers, providing them with lifelong vet care to ensure they get the comfortable retirement they deserve.

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