She added that Puppy Rescue Mission doesn't just bring home retired bomb sniffers. "We also work to reunite soldiers with the stray dogs they befriend while deployed overseas," Chiasson said. "For many this is the one thing that can bring a smile to their face thousands of miles away from home. It is that small sense of normalcy that makes everything that much easier to get through on a day-to-day basis."
Rudi, Robbi, Randy, Kikay, Toby, Toffee, Zender, Oskar and Lotto are now safe at home with their new families, looking forward to a retirement full of belly rubs and treats, but Puppy Rescue Mission still has work to do. So far they've brought 700 animals from overseas to reunite them with servicemen and women, but every day the organization gets new requests from soldiers who need help bringing their dogs home.
For Chiasson, it's all worth it. "Seeing these dogs happy on U.S. soil, finally getting to be a dog that runs, plays, barks and relaxes is so rewarding," she said. "You can see the appreciation in their eyes."