War zone dog reunited with CT Marine - WFSB 3 Connecticut

War zone dog reunited with CT Marine

Posted: Updated:
This chocolate lab saved this Marine's life in Afghanistan. Today, he's back home, getting adopted.  (WFSB) This chocolate lab saved this Marine's life in Afghanistan. Today, he's back home, getting adopted. (WFSB)
BARKHAMSTED, CT (WFSB) -

A Connecticut veteran was reunited with the dog that kept him safe in the warzones of Afghanistan.

United States Marine Adam Foxx was reunited with the chocolate Labrador retriever named Jett on Thursday afternoon.

“I've never seen a dog train so hard and be so well behaved like this dog,” Foxx said.

Jett was a bomb sniffing dog and served four tours of duty. Foxx wasn't always his handler, but when they served together in Afghanistan, they formed a bond.

“It's not just me. It's the bodies around me,” Foxx said. “He's found a couple of things out there that had a lot of explosive odor.”

Foxx said he has been home in Barkhamsted for three years, while Jett was still overseas, and always on Foxx's mind.

“One of the saddest moments of my Marine Corp career was the day I had to give him back to the company,” Foxx said.

When Jett retired, the opportunity came to adopt his companion and Foxx said he didn't have to think twice.

“I wasn't going to pass this opportunity up,” Foxx said. “I've actually been thinking about adopting him since about two-and-a-half years ago.”

Jett was in North Carolina getting trained to exit a warzone and enter a loving home. But, when Eyewitness News saw him on Thursday, he was still sniffing things out.

“I have a lot of family and friends who really want to meet him,” Foxx said.

As for what's next for Jett, Foxx said he's going to give him a lot of love and a lot of good food.

Copyright 2015 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.