After returning home when their deployment ended in 2011, Herrera and Kash were soon parted, each to begin the next stages of their service. Herrera was stationed in California, while Kash was placed with a new handler for another tour of duty.
"I honestly thought I’d never see him again. I really did," Herrera said. "I’d looked into adopting him, but I was starting as a drill instructor, so it didn’t happen. It was a rough time not having him around, after the dust settled."
Although Herrera had lost touch with Kash, the dog was never far from his mind. So, when he heard recently that Kash had retired and been adopted by another handler out of state, Herrera made plans to visit him.
It had been more than six years since they had last seen one another, and Kash is now partially blind, so Herrera wasn't sure what to expect. But upon reuniting, the dog recognized his old friend immediately.